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Teves Sends UW To Elite 8 With Hat Trick Against Indiana

Nov 27, 2021

SEATTLE -- In the biggest moment of the season, Dylan Teves was the brightest star. For the second straight postseason match, Teves scored three goals to lead UW to victory. After falling behind both 1-0 and 2-1 to No. 15 Indiana, Teves scored all 3 goals for the Huskies, including the game-winner in overtime, to send his team to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third straight season. 

Washington knew it had a tough task in the Hoosiers, who advanced all the way to the National Championship in the Spring season and have won eight National Championships in program history. 

"Credit to Indiana, they're an incredibly tough out. That's why they've won so many national championships," head coach Jamie Clark said. "Beating them is a feather in the cap and it's a testament to their program. Credit to our guys, because we went and got it done today." 

On an overcast and wet day in Seattle, Washington did not exactly get out to a dream start. The Hoosiers dictated the match early on and ultimately were rewarded for their efforts, earning a penalty kick in the 29th minute. Victor Bezerra made no mistake at the spot, calmly putting the ball in the bottom right corner and giving UW goalkeeper Sam Fowler no chance for a save. 

That goal seemed to wake up the Huskies from their slow start and the began to create some pressure. They found a couple of shots, but Indiana's defense did a good job of blocking their efforts to hold a 1-0 advantage at halftime. 

UW didn't flinch at the halftime deficit came out determined in the second half. Ilijah Paul drew a penalty kick in the 48th minute and Teves would calmly slot it home in the right side of the net to tie the game at 1-1. 

Indiana, however, showed why its one of the most storied programs in the history of the sport, going right down the field and re-taking the lead just four minutes later.

With just 38 minutes remaining in its season, the Huskies needed to find answer. They worked for 20 minutes and could not equalize. However, in the 75th minute, the left foot of Charlie Ostrem and the finishing ability of Dylan Teves both showed up like they always seem to do. 

For the second straight match, Ostrem created space along the left side and found Teves on the back post for an open header. This one tied the match at 2-2 and had the Huskies back in the match. 

The 1,836 fans that packed Husky Soccer Stadium and braved the second half rain were treated to an incredible back-and-forth match between two elite sides. 

Like so many times before, the Washington players were strong in the face adversity. Staring the end of their season in its eyes, the Huskies once again delivered a moment of inspiration. 

"Even though Dylan's giving us hat tricks, it can happen in a lot of ways. It's a combination of a lot of guys having that belief and trusting each other.," Lucas Meek said of the team's mindset. "And it comes from Jamie Clark and it comes from the coaches that no matter what situation we're in, we're going to be able to fight back."

After its 75th minute equalizer, it seemed like a third UW goal was inevitable. The Huskies had all the momentum and were using every bit of it. 

While the closing minutes of regulation were unfruitful. Washington would have two 10-minute overtime periods to score and advance. It was a familiar situation for the Huskies, who are undefeated in overtime matches this season and have scored 4 golden goals.

Controlling the tempo of the match like they had done for the last segment of regulation, the Huskies were able to create space on a counter attack. Lucas Meek made a run with Teves to his right and found him in space. Teves took one touch before unleashing a powerful strike into the bottom-left corner to send Washington through to the Elite 8. 

"I was thinking I could either lay it off or just have a rip," Teves said of the play. "I just felt like it was the time to hit it and hope it goes in. "It just felt amazing, because I'd do anything for this team and these guys."

Washington will host No. 10 seed Saint Louis in the Quarterfinals. The match will be played at Husky Soccer Stadium, with a date and time to be announced.