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No. 2 Seed Washington Hosts Portland In NCAA Second Round

Nov 19, 2021

No. 2 Seed Washington (14-1-2) vs. Portland (11-6-1)
When: Sunday, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Husky Soccer Stadium (Tickets
Watch: Washington Livestream (Jason Dorow)

SEATTLE -- The Washington men's soccer team opens up NCAA Tournament play on Sunday evening when it hosts Portland. The Pilots defeated Seattle U by a score of 3-2 in the first round on Thursday to earn a trip to Seattle.  

Match Notes

In their first matchup of the season, the Huskies made the trip south on I-5 and came away with a 2-0 win. A Pilots own goal and Kalani Kossa-Rienzi's first career goal provided the scoring for UW.

The Huskies had a first round bye in the tournament, while Portland defeated Seattle U on Thursday night by a score of 3-2 at home.

Washington is coming off a 2-2 tie at Oregon State that saw them finish three points shy of a Pac-12 title, while playing just nine of their 10 scheduled matches. Had the Huskies played and won their 10th conference match, they would have won a share of the Pac-12 title.

Sam Fowler had a career-high seven saves against the Beavers and now has 53 saves on the season, the most in his UW career. Fowler led the Pac-12 in GAA (0.599) and Save Percentage (0.841).

As a centerback, Ryan Sailor is tied with Dylan Teves for the team lead with 6 goals and is second with 14 points. In Pac-12 games, Sailor and Teves each scored 5 goals, which were the most in the conference.

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

There are deep Clark family ties to the Top 4 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.  Washington head coach Jamie Clark's father, Bobby Clark, has an influence on the coaching staffs of each of the top four seeds. No. 1 Oregon State's associate head coach BJ Craig coached under Bobby Clark at Notre Dame, No. 3 Georgetown's head coach Bobby Wiese played for Bobby at Dartmouth and coached under him at Notre Dame and Stanford. No. 4 Notre Dame's head coach Chad Riley succeeded Bobby Clark in South Bend and played and coached under Clark at Notre Dame.

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

The Huskies have scored 17 goals this season as a result of set pieces (8 corner kicks, 3 free kick headers, 3 long throw-ins, 1 direct free kick, 1 penalty and 1 penalty rebound). These 17 goals have all occurred in the last 15 matches

Washington is one of just five programs to have made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six seasons, joining Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

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.