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Washington Men's Soccer Plays Clemson For National Championship On Sunday

Dec 11, 2021

College Cup: No. 2 Washington (18-1-2) vs. No. Clemson (15-5-2)
When: Sunday, 11:00 a.m. PST
Where: Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park 
Watch: ESPNU (Dalen Cuff and Devon Kerr)

CARY, N.C. -- The Washington Huskies are looking to make their first ever College Cup a memorable one. UW will take on Clemson in the National Championship on Sunday morning, with the Huskies looking for the first title in program history. 

Match Notes

The Washington men's soccer team looks to win the first national championship in program history when it takes on Clemson this Sunday.

Playing in their first ever College Cup, the Huskies defeated Georgetown 2-1 on Friday night to advance to the title game. Lucas Meek and Charlie Ostrem provided the goals for UW.

Sunday will mark just the second time the two teams have ever played, with UW beating the Tigers 4-1 back in 1996.

Washington is looking to win its first team national championship for the athletic department since women's rowing's team title in 2019.

UW advanced to the first College Cup in program history when it shutout No. 10 Saint Louis last Saturday in Seattle, led by 2 goals from Gio Miglietti.

This year's Husky team has rewritten both the team and NCAA postseason record books.

Sam Fowler became the UW all-time leader in postseason saves against Saint Louis and he now has 29 career saves in nine postseason matches.

Dylan Teves is believed to be the first player in NCAA history with back-to-back postseason hat tricks after scoring 3 goals against Portland in the Second Round and 3 goals against No. 15 Indiana in the Third Round.

With his hat trick against the Hoosiers, Dylan Teves became UW's all-time leader in postseason goals (6) and points (12). Charlie Ostrem also became the UW all-time leader in postseason assists (4).

Dylan Teves and Ryan Sailor were both named First Team All-America this past week, the first teammates in UW history to be named First Team together.

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

With 232 career assists, Teves is tied for 6th all-time at Washington.

There are deep Clark family ties to three College Cup teams, as Washington head coach Jamie Clark's father, Bobby Clark, has a strong influence on this year's field. Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese played for Bobby at Dartmouth and coached under him at Notre Dame and Stanford. Notre Dame 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 18 goals this season as a result of set pieces (8 corner kicks, 3 free kick headers, 3 long throw-ins, 2 penalty kicks, 1 direct free kick, and 1 penalty rebound).

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.