No. 15 Huskies Kick Off Pac-12 Play Friday at Oregon
SEATTLE – Boasting an undefeated record, the No. 15 Washington women's soccer team heads to Eugene, Oregon, to open up Pac-12 play against the Ducks of Oregon. The Huskies and Ducks will square off at Papé Field on Friday at 7 p.m. PT.
Friday's affair will be available for streaming through Pac-12 Insider. Live Stats can be found at HuskyStats.com.
Graeme Abel is in his third season at the helm of the program at Oregon, posting a 17-11-15 record in Eugene. Under Abel, the Ducks have posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 40 years.
The Ducks enter Friday's conference opener with a 2-2-4 record, snapping a three-match losing streak with a 1-0 win at Hofstra and a 1-1 draw at Portland in their last two matches.
Oregon is led in scoring by freshman forward Ajanae Respass, who has bagged three goals on the year. Respass is also tied for the team lead with a pair of assists, matching freshman midfielders Trinity Morales and Livvy Moore.
Junior goalkeeper Leah Freeman has started every match between the posts for the Ducks, posting a 1.50 goals against average and a .806 save percentage with a pair of clean sheets.
Washington leads the all-time series with the Ducks 20-4-2, riding a six-match winning streak. The Huskies are 9-3-2 all-time in Eugene.
LAST MEETING (10/31/21)
EUGENE, Ore. - The Huskies scored three goals on their way to defeating Oregon at Pape Field. The Huskies scored early and never looked back, cruising to a 3-1 victory over the Ducks.
The Huskies started strong out of the gates when Jessika Cowart opened the scoring early in the 4th minute off an assist from Helena Reischling and Karlee Stueckle. The goal was Cowart's third of the season.
UW doubled their lead ten minutes later when Kyla Ferry found the back of the net after Olivia Van der Jagt played a deep ball in the box. Ferry's goal was her second as a Husky, both coming in the last three matches.
Summer Yates sealed the deal early in the second half as she scored with her left foot off a cross from Stueckle, who had her second assist of the day.
The Ducks were able to score late in the 74th minute, but the result wouldn't change as the Husky defense stood strong in the final 15 minutes of play.
Ferry was again a major factor up top as she had three shots, all of which were on target. Stueckle, Kala McDaniel and Ruby Hellstrom also had two shots on the day.
Appearing in the United Soccer Coaches Poll for the third consecutive week, the Huskies skyrocketed up seven spots to No. 15 in Tuesday's update. The No. 15 ranking is tied for the highest ranking for Washington since the 2004 season. The Huskies were also ranked at No. 15 in the final polls in both 2020 and 2010.
With a 6-0-2 record, Washington has completed the first undefeated non-conference season in the history of the program. The Huskies have outscored their opponents 23-3, posting a perfect 4-0-0 home record with a scoring margin of 14-1.
HERE TO HELP
Midfielder Summer Yates ranks 10th in the nation with six assists on the season, posting four assists in the last three matches. Four of the six goals Yates has set up this season have been game-winners. The six assists are already tied for the most in a single season in Yates' vaunted Husky career. With 23 assists in her career, Yates ranks fourth all-time at UW. As a team, the Huskies 3.00 assists per game rank ninth in the nation.
The 23 goals over the first eight matches are the third most for Washington in program-history, the most since hanging 26 during the 2000 campaign.
The Huskies are undefeated through the first eight matches of the campaign for the third time in program-history, also accomplishing the feat in 2021 and 2004. Washington has never been undefeated through nine matches in a season.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Washington's scoring output has come from up and down its roster, with 12 different Huskies scoring a goal. Kyla Ferry, Hailey Still and Karlee Stueckle are all tied for the team lead with four goals despite each having scored fewer than four career goals entering the season.
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.
Washington welcomed a new Husky to the family in Arianna Graham, who signed her National Letter of Intent through Team IMPACT. As a member of the program, Graham will attend Husky practices, games and other team events.
Following the 2021 season, all three returning fifth-year student-athletes went on to the pro ranks. Olivia Van der Jagt became the third ever Husky selected in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft, going in the third round to OL Reign. Ameera Hussen also signed a professional contract to play for IBV, a club that plays in Iceland's top division. In addition, Jessika Cowart signed a contract in Turkey.
2022 SPRING RECAP
The spring season saw the Huskies play five contests over the span of six weeks, playing Idaho, Gonzaga, Seattle Pacific and Eastern Washington along with the boy's club team Crossfire. The spring allows the coaching staff the opportunity to see new faces and get everyone valuable time on the pitch.
One of the new faces, was freshman Hayden Crowley. Crowley, the 2021 Mid-Columbia Conference Player of the Year, graduated early from Richland High School and joined the squad in time for the spring. During her high school career, Crowley scored nearly 40 goals while adding over 50 assists.
GETTING IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
Academically, the Huskies posted two quarters in-a-row with the highest GPA inprogram history, most recently during Winter 2022 with a 3.77. In addition, 18 student-athletes were named to the Pac-12 Honor Roll.
Senior MaKayla Woods was named the 2022 Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Scholar Athlete award winner, becoming the fourth women's soccer student-athlete to earn the honor.
Summer Yates was tabbed to the United Soccer Coaches Players to Watch list earlier this week. Yates was also named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and named to the Top Drawer Soccer Top 100, coming in at No. 43.
Freshman Kolo Suliafu was also recognized as TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Freshman Best XI.
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