Huskies Host Arizona in Annual Kickin’ Cancer Match
SEATTLE – Washington looks to keep its undefeated home record intact on Thursday, hosting Arizona at Husky Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. PT kickoff in the annual Kickin' Cancer match.
The match will air on Pac-12 Washington, while live stats can be found at HuskyStats.com.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE
Lauren Sinacola was named the head coach of the Oregon State program on July 2, 2021 after spending three seasons as a head coach at Notre Dame. It is not Sinacola's first stint heading up a program, serving as head coach for two seasons at Western Michigan following three years as an assistant for the Broncos. During those two seasons, Sinacola and UWM posted a record of 23-15-2.
The Beavers sit at 4-7-2 on the season, including 2-4-1 away from home. Oregon State has lost its first five Pac-12 matches by a combined margin of 20-3.
OSU is led in scoring by sophomore forward McKenna Martinez with seven goals on the season, including a pair of game winners. Junior forward Amber Jackson is the only other Beaver with multiple goals this season, scoring twice. Scoring 15 times, OSU has eight total assists on the season.
Junior Hailey Coll has started all 13 matches for the Beavers, posting a 2.14 goals against average and a .706 save percentage on 60 stops.
The Huskies are 20-7-4 all-time against Oregon State, riding a four match winning streak and unbeaten in the last five matchups. Washington is 8-4-2 all-time against the Beavers when playing in Seattle.
LAST MEETING (10/28/21)
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Olivia Van der Jagt scored the game-winner late to give Washington a 2-1 win over Oregon State on Thursday afternoon. The goal was Van der Jagt's third of the season, coming in the 79th minute and was the difference maker for the Huskies as they continue their march toward the postseason.
Washington came out aggressive from the opening kickoff and were able to create good opportunities at goal throughout the first half. McKenzie Weinert made an immediate impact from the minute she stepped on the field, playing against her former team. Her five shots were a team high on the day, with two on target, nearly scoring when she had a shot rattle off the crossbar and another weaving around the Beaver defenders.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute when Weinert played a cross in, and the ball was knocked around the box, with Ruby Hellstrom the last to get her foot on it, and able to poke it home. Summer Yates and Ameera Hussen were credited with assists on the play.
The Beavers were able to equalize in the 61st minute on an unassisted goal by McKenna Martinez.
The Huskies kept up the attack late in the match, looking for the go-ahead goal. UW was rewarded with over ten minutes to play when Van der Jagt found the ball in the middle of the box off a corner kick, delivering a shot that was blocked initially and ended up back at her feet. Karlee Stueckle nudged it toward Van der Jagt where she was then able to finish it off for the goal, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
Olivia Sekany was big in goal all match long, with seven saves on the day, tied for the second most of the season. Helena Reischling provided an attacking element from the back, with three shots on the day, including one just over the top of the crossbar.
MIGHTY ARE THE WOMEN
Washington women's soccer will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX on Friday, with specially produced videos being featured on the video board at Husky Soccer Stadium. Friday will also be the Huskies' alumni match, with former players being hosted for a reception prior to first kick and being recognized at halftime.
THE DAWG HOUSE
The Huskies are a perfect 6-0 this season in Seattle, outscoring opponents 21-4 at Husky Soccer Stadium.
When she laced up her boots on Sunday at Cal, fifth-year senior Summer Yates made history. No player in the history of the Washington program has donned a Husky kit more times than Yates, who set the career games played record with her 87th appearance.
Yates also ranks inside the top-5 in both goals and assists at UW, sitting at No. 5 with 25 career goals and No. 4 with 22 career assists.
Graduate student forward McKenzie Weinert will be suiting up against some of her old teammates on Friday, having transferred to Washington after playing for four seasons at Oregon State. Weinert scored 15 goals in 50 matches for the Beavers, including nine in 2019 on the way to Third Team All-Pac-12 honors. In last season's matchup with OSU, Weinert brought tremendous energy off the bench, unleashing a season-high five shots.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Washington's 34 assists are good for the 10th most in the nation and third most in the Pac-12. The Huskies have recorded at least one assist on 23 of their 32 goals on the season, including multiple helpers 11 times.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Washington's scoring output has come from up and down its roster, with 13 different Huskies scoring a goal. Summer Yates leads the pack with five goals, while Kyla Ferry, Hailey Still and Karlee Stueckle are close behind with four apiece. The Huskies rank fourth in the Pac-12 with 30 goals despite being one of just three teams in the league without a player with more than five goals scored.