No. 24 Huskies Head South for Road Tilt at Portland
SEATTLE – Riding a six-match unbeaten streak to open the season, No. 24 Washington hits the road for a short trip to Portland, taking on the Pilots Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT at Merlo Field. The match will be available for streaming through the WCC Network.
Sunday's affair will be the 35th all-time meeting between the two nearby foes. It will be the third road test of the season for the Huskies.
In their most recent outing, UW retained possession of the WAC/101 Club Cup with a resounding 5-1 victory over Seattle U, moving to 5-0-1 on the season.
Off the back of the hot start, Washington cracked the United Coaches Poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 24.
UW-PORTLAND SERIES HISTORY
Portland leads the all-time series with Washington 25-5-4. However, the Huskies have seen far more success against the Pilots in recent matchups, winning three of the last six meetings.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Boasting one of the nation's top-10 scoring offenses, the Huskies have gotten it done with a total team effort as 11 different players have found the back of the net in 2022. Washington has scored three or more goals in four-of-six matches despite no Husky registering a multi-goal match.
HERE TO HELP
Washington leads the nation with 3.67 assists per game, registering 22 assists on 18 goals this season. Of the Huskies' 18 goals, only four have been scored without the benefit of an assist.
Washington made its first appearance in the United Soccer Coaches Poll this week, coming in at No. 24 as voted on by coaches across the nation. It is the first time being ranked for the Huskies since beginning the 2021 campaign slotted at No. 18.
The Huskies are led by a veteran group with a wealth of experience, with 17 players entering the season with at least three seasons of collegiate experience, including 11 Huskies with four years of experience or more. This group is being leaned on to provide leadership to a crop of 10 true freshmen.
The 19 goals over the first six matches are the second most for Washington in program-history, the most since hanging 21 during the 2000 campaign.
It is just the second time since 2012 the Huskies have begun the season undefeated through the first six matches of the year, topping the team's 4-0-2 start to the 2020-21 campaign.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Sunday's affair kicks off a three-match road stint for the Huskies. Washington will close out the non-conference slate at Sacramento State on Sept. 15 before opening Pac-12 play at Oregon on Sept. 23.
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