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No. 2 Washington Visits In-State Foe Gonzaga

Oct 15, 2021

No. 2 Washington (11-0-0) at Gonzaga (6-5-0)
When:
 Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Spokane, Wash. 
Stream: WCC Network

SEATTLE --  After a dominant weekend in the Bay Area, the No. 2 Washington men's soccer team will head out east for an in-state showdown with Gonzaga in non-conference action on Saturday night. 

Match Notes

No. 2 Washington takes a break from conference play with an in-state road contest against Gonzaga on Saturday night.

The Huskies are coming off a Pac-12 road sweep in the Bay Area, taking down Stanford 3-1 and California 4-0 last weekend.

At 11-0-0, UW owns the Pac-12 record for best start to a season since the conference began sponsoring men's soccer in 2000. 

The Huskies claimed the No. 1 spot in the first edition of the NCAA RPI Rankings this week

Washington is 32-1-1 all-time against Gonzaga. The Huskies have won 12 straight matches, including the last four by a combined margin of 13-0. The one loss came in 2007 in Spokane on a 2-1 scoreline.

Nick Scardina and Imanol Rosales became the fifth and sixth UW players to score 3 goals this season with their tallies against California. 

Washington has 11 different goal scorers this season and 15 different point scorers. 

The Huskies have scored 12 goals this season as a result of set pieces (5 corner kicks, 2 long throw-ins, 2 free kick headers, 1 direct free kick, 1 penalty and 1 penalty rebound). These 12 goals have all occurred in the last nine matches (1.33 Goals per Game).

Ryan Sailor was to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week after scoring the tying goal against Stanford and helping UW keep a clean sheet at California. The Huskies now have 11 appearances on teams of the week through seven weeks. They have had a representative on a team in six of the seven weeks this season.

The Huskies currently lead the Pac-12 in Corner Kicks per Game (6.36) Goal Differential (+22), Points per Game (7.00), Goals per Game (2.45), Shots per Game (15.64), Goals (27), Points (77) and Won-Lost-Tied % (1.000).

Dylan Teves leads the Pac-12 with 3 game-winning goals and 3.09 shots per game.

Team Notes

• Reigning Pac-12 Coach of the Year Jamie Clark enters year 11 on the Washington touch line on heels of back-to-back appearances in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament

• The Huskies have had a winning record in all 10 of Clark's seasons and have had winning seasons in 11 straight years. UW has also had at least 12 wins in each of the last five seasons and in nine of Jamie Clark's 10 seasons as head coach.

• Washington was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 Preseason Poll, as voted on by the conference coaches, narrowly following first-place Stanford. The Huskies received two of the six available first pace votes.

• The Huskies bring back their top 13 players from the 2020 season in regard to minutes played. 

• The Huskies return eight All-Pac-12 honorees, highlighted by Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Charlie Ostrem. He was also named First Team All-Pac-12 along with Dylan Teves and Christian Soto.

• Teves was named First Team All-American last season by United Soccer Coaches, while Ostrem was named Third Team.

• Charlie Ostrem's 11 assists led the Pac-12 and were second in the country.

• Centerback duo Kendall Burks (3G/1A) and Ryan Sailor (4G) were both named Second Team All-Pac-12 and anchor a stout UW backline.

• Goalkeeper Sam Fowler was also named Second Team All-Pac-12. He set the Washington record for postseason shutouts with three. He has a 13 career shutouts in two seasons.

• Lucas Meek and Nick Scardina each slotted home 6 goals last season, tied for second on the team. Meek had two game-winning goals while Scardina had both a brace (vs. UCLA) and hattrick (vs. Northwest). 

• Gio Miglietti returns goal-scoring experience to UW, as he scored 3 last season and was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12.