Huskies Hit The Road For First Away Match
SEATTLE - Now with two wins under their belt, the Washington Huskies will hit the road for the first time in 2021. Washington will play one game away from Husky Soccer Stadium this week: the Huskies will head down I-5 to play Portland on February 14 at 4:00 pm. Washington originally was also scheduled to play Seattle Pacific: that game has been canceled due to health and safety concerns in the SPU program.
Washington is sitting on a 2-0-0 record thus far, with shutout wins over Northwest and Gonzaga. The Huskies have allowed only one shot on goal this season while outscoring the opposition 9-0 through those two games.
Dylan Teves had three assists against Gonzaga, becoming the first Husky with a three-assist game since 1999. The last Husky to have three assists in a single game was Jake Sagare. It was Teves' third career game with multiple assists.
Nick Scardina became the first Husky ever to score his first three career goals via hat trick, doing so against Northwest. The last Husky to have a hat trick was Scott Menzies, who did so in 2017 against Santa Clara. Scardina is the seventh Husky since 2000 to have a hat trick. The only other sophomore to do so in that time was Handwalla Bwana, who did so in 2017.
The Huskies have started 2021 with back-to-back shutouts of Northwest and Gonzaga. Washington has started at least 2-0-0 four years running now. Washington last started the year with two straight shutouts in 2018. The Huskies could extend that streak to three or four games this week: the last time Washington started with three straight shutouts was 2015, when it started 3-0-1, all shutouts.
Washington has allowed just one shot on goal so far this season through two games, outshooting the opposition 46-5, 27-1 on shots on goal. The last time Washington managed such a stretch was October of 2019, when the Huskies allowed no shots on goal to Gonzaga and one to UCLA in the following game. Washington has not allowed five or fewer total shots in a two-game span in over a decade.
Since beginning his career with back-to-back scoreless games, Lucas Meek has not had multiple games in a row without a point. Meek had his first career multi-point game last week, scoring his first brace, against Gonzaga. In his last ten games, Meek has 11 points, including five already this year through two games. In his 16 starts, Meek has six goals and seven assists.
Sam Fowler has yet to face a shot on goal this season but has been a part of two Husky shutouts already. In 15 career appearances, Fowler has been a part of ten Husky shutouts. Only two opponents have ever score multiple goals against Fowler. Washington's trio of Fowler, Andrew Morrison, and Jacob Castro have allowed just eight goals in their 18 career appearances.
Kalani Kossa-Rienzi became the first true freshman to start the season opener for the Huskies since Ethan Bartlow in 2018 when he took the field against Northwest. He had an assist in that game, making him the first freshman to both start the season opener and record a point since Ryan Moore did so in 2009.
In three years at Washington, Gio Miglietti has appeared in the season opener twice: he has scored a goal in each of those games after doing so against Northwest. Four of Miglietti's six career goals have come against non-conference opponents.
Make sure to follow the Huskies on Twitter with the username @UW_MSoccer and on Instagram at uw_msoccer.