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Boeing Apple Cup Series To Finish Off Regular Season

Apr 13, 2021

SEATTLE - After finishing off the home season with two more shutout wins, the #24 Washington Huskies will head across the state to finish the regular season. Washington will take on Washington State in the Boeing Apple Cup Series on Friday, April 16 at 6:00 pm. That game will air live on the Pac-12 Network.

Washington returns to the United Soccer Coaches poll this week after a one-week absence, coming in at #24. The Huskies have been ranked by the United Soccer Coaches for five weeks this season, including four consecutive weeks earlier this year. That is the most weeks Washington has been ranked since 2015, when it was ranked for seven weeks. Washington has been ranked in the Top Drawer Soccer poll for six consecutive weeks now, its longest stretch consecutively ranked since 2004, when it was ranked for 11 straight weeks.

The Huskies ended their 2021 home season last week with two more shutout wins. Washington tied its program record for fewest goals allowed at home in a single season, allowing only four all year long. That matches the mark set in 2010. The Huskies shutout five of their nine home opponents and did not allow more than one goal to any of them.

Washington and Washington State meet for the second time this year, the first time ever the two programs have played more than once in a single season. Washington defeated WSU 2-1 earlier this year on the strength of Karlee Stueckle and Ruby Hellstrom goals. A win against WSU would give the Huskies a three-game winning streak in the Boeing Apple Cup series.

One more point from Ameera Hussen or two more from Ruby Hellstrom would give either ten points on the season, joining Summer Yates in the double-digit club. If either of those players reaches ten points, it would give Washington its first duo with 10+ points since 2017, when Shannon Simon and Kimberly Keever each reached that mark. If both Hussen and Hellstrom reach ten points, it would be the first trio with 10+ points since 2015, when the foursome of Simon, Keever, Kelcie Hedge, and Amanda Perez reached that mark.

Ameera Hussen scored the double-overtime golden goal against Oregon to win the game. Hussen has two golden goals in her career, both against Pac-12 opponents: Hussen also scored the double-OT winner against Arizona last year. Hussen and Olivia Van der Jagt are the only active Huskies to have scored golden goals. Hussen's 106th-minute goal against Oregon was the latest goal by a Husky since 2013, when Jaclyn Softli scored in the 108th minute against UNC Greensboro.

Kaylene Pang broke the 1000-minute mark last weekend, her third straight year playing 1000+ minutes. Pang has now played 5091 consecutive minutes for the Huskies, starting each of Washington's last 54 games and playing every minute in all of them. The last time the Huskies played without Pang on the field was November 3, 2017, when Pang entered the game during the second half.

Olivia Sekany lowered her GAA to 0.74 with another pair of shutouts, good for second in the Pac-12. Sekany's GAA would be the lowest since Sarah Shimer's 0.72 mark in 2017 for the Huskies. Only one other Huskies, Hope Solo in 2001, has ever had a full-season GAA under 0.75. Sekany is currently on a 278-minute shutout streak, her second shutout streak of 200+ minutes this year.

Washington has outshot 12 of its 14 opponents so far, with only Arizona State and USC outshooting the Huskies.  11 of Washington's opponents have had single-digit shots: the Huskies have been held to single-digit shots just four times all year. Six of Washington's opponents have had one or fewer shots on goal. Only three opponents, Arizona State, Utah, and USC, have managed more than three shots on goal: the Sun Devils and Trojans had nine and Utah had four.

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