Undefeated Streak Goes On The Line At Home
SEATTLE - Now 4-0-2 on the season, the #22 Washington Huskies will put their undefeated streak on the line this week, hosting the #21 Stanford Cardinal and 324 California Golden Bears in two Pac-12 matchups. The Stanford game will be aired via the free Washington live stream, while the Cal game will be on the Pac-12 Network.
The Huskies entered the rankings this week, coming in at #22. Washington was last ranked higher on November 3, 2019, when the Huskies came in at #21.
Last weekend, Washington beat Arizona on the road for the first time since 2011, winning 3-0. The Huskies followed that up with a close-fought 1-1 tie at Arizona State. That gave the Huskies their first undefeated Pac-12 road game since 2017.
Olivia Sekany earned Pac-12 Keeper of the Week after shutting out Arizona and making eight saves in a 1-1 tie with Arizona State. Sekany is the seventh Husky to earn Keeper of the Week, joining Siena Ruelas, Sarah Shimer, Megan Kufeld, Kelsey Rasmussen, Jordi LaFontaine-Kussmann, and Hope Solo. Washington has had a player earn Keeper of the Week for three consecutive years now.
Ruby Hellstrom has scored using her head in each of the last two games and now has a three-game point streak. That is the longest point streak of Hellstrom's career. The last Husky with a longer point streak was Olivia Van der Jagt, who had a five-game point streak in 2018. Hellstrom has doubled her career point total in those three games, matching her total from the previous 28.
THE BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENSE
Mary Johnston picked up an assist last weekend, her third point of the season. Johnston is already the highest-scoring Washington defender since 2018, when Kaylene Pang had six points. Johnston now has two goals and an assist in ten games as a Husky. She has played every minute in four games thus far, including two double-overtime games.
Olivia Van der Jagt has three assists in the last three games for the Huskies, giving her a new career high in that category. Van der Jagt is fifth in the Pac-12 in assists, having played fewer games than three of the players ranked ahead of her. A third of Washington's goals this year have come from Van der Jagt assists.
NO GOALS ALLOWED
Washington has not allowed multiple goals in a game yet this year and has shutout four opponents. The two goals allowed in the first six games are the fewest in Washington history, tied with the program record set in 2012. Just once in the last 14 games has Washington allowed multiple goals, stretching back to October 18 of 2019. Washington's 0.31 GAA leads the Pac-12.
Washington has 15+ shots in five of six games this year and 20+ in two games. Washington has outshot the opposition in five of six games, with only Arizona State outshooting the Huskies, 18-16. In all, Washington holds a 112-42 shot advantage and a 54-15 shots-on-goal advantage thus far. Washington has had more total shots than its opponent has had shots on goal in five of six games.
Shae Holmes and Kaylene Pang have each played every minute of every game thus far this year. Pang has not been off the field for the Huskies since the first half of the Apple Cup her freshman year: she has played every one of 4344 possible minutes since that game in 2017. Holmes surpassed her previous career total in minutes during the Arizona State game: she has played all 580 minutes this year, more than doubling her career total.
Make sure to follow the Huskies on social media at @UW_WSoccer.