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No. 1/3 Washington To Battle No. 4/1 Oregon State With Pac-12 On The Line

Nov 10, 2021

No. 1/3 Washington (14-1-1, 6-1-1) at No. 4/1 Oregon State (12-2-2 7-1-1)
When: Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Corvallis, Ore. 
Watch: Pac-12 Networks (Ann Schatz)

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Washington men's soccer team will take Oregon State in its regular season finale on Thursday with the Pac-12 Title on the line. If the Huskies win, the two teams will be tied at the top of the standings and it will be ruled a "shared" championship, although Washington owns the tiebreaker over OSU and would receive the conference's auto bid to the NCAA Tournament. A tie or win for the Beaver will give them the outright title. They have already clinched a share of the conference. 

Match Notes

It's all on the line for Washington in its regular season finale, as a Pac-12 title is up for grabs in Corvallis against Oregon State.  

In their first matchup of the season, the Huskies had a 2-1 lead until they were forced to play with 9 men and the Beavers would convert an 88th-minute penalty kick for a 3-2 win.

UW and OSU share the No. 1 spots in the national polls, with Washington being ranked No. 1 in the NCAA RPI rankings and TopDrawerSoccer poll and Oregon State as No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches poll.

Washington is coming off a southern California sweep last week, picking up a 3-0 win at UCLA on Thursday and a 1-0 win at San Diego State on Sunday. 

Sam Fowler had six saves against the Bruins, which tied a career high and he now has 46 saves on the season, the most in his UW career. 

As a centerback, Ryan Sailor is second on the team with 12 points and joins Dylan Teves, Lucas Meek and Nick Scardina as the Huskies with double-digit points.  He is tied for 4th in the conference in goals and 7th in points.

Sam Fowler's career GAA of 0.64 is second all-time at UW behind just Mark Schuur (0.56).

With 22 career assists, Dylan Teves is currently ranked 9th all-time at Washington.

After a brace against UCLA and an assist against San Diego State, Teves was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time in his career.

Washington has 12 different goal scorers this season and 16 different point scorers. 

The Huskies have scored 15 goals this season as a result of set pieces (6 corner kicks, 3 free kick headers, 3 long throw-ins, 1 direct free kick, 1 penalty and 1 penalty rebound). These 15 goals have all occurred in the last 14 matches

The Huskies currently lead the Pac-12 in Corner Kicks Per Game, Goal Differential, Points Per Game, Save Percentage, Goals Per Game, Shots Per Game, Shots on Goal Per Game, Shutout Percentage, Goals Against Average, Total Goals, Total Points and Won-Lost-Tied Percentage.

As a team, Washington leads the country in save percentage (0.860) and shutout percentage (0.625) with the goalie combo of Sam Fowler and Andrew Morrison.

Sam Fowler leads in the Pac-12 in GAA (0.517) and Save Percentage (0.852). Dylan Teves leads the conference in Game-Winning Goals (4), Shots Per Game (3.00) and Shots on Goal per Game (1.38). Nick Scardina leads the conference as well with a shot accuracy of 0.515.

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.