Washington Sending Off Senior Class Sunday vs. Arizona State
SEATTLE – Playing in its last regular season home match of the season, Washington looks to rebound from Thursday's defeat when facing Arizona State for a noon PT kickoff on Senior Day at Husky Soccer Stadium on Sunday.
The match can be streamed through Washington Live Stream 2, while live stats can be found at HuskyStats.com.
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils are in their sixth season under veteran head coach Graham Winkworth, who took over the ASU program after building consistent winners at South Alabama and North Alabama. ASU has received one NCAA Tournament bid under Winkworth, coming in 2020.
Arizona State enters Sunday's affair with a 7-3-3 record, including a .500 mark in Pac-12 play at 3-3-1. The Sun Devils are coming off of a road win at Washington State on Thursday, topping the Cougars 2-0 in Pullman.
The Sun Devils scoring offense is led by graduate student forward Nicole Douglas, who has bagged nine goals this season, adding in a pair of assists. Graduate student midfielder Eva van Deursen has played a role in nine goals, scoring five and assisting on four, while junior defender Lucy Johnson paces ASU with seven assists.
Freshman Pauline Nelles has started 12-of-13 matches in 2022, posting a 1.32 goals against average with a .776 save percentage on 52 stops.
The Huskies hold a slim advantage in the all-time series with Arizona State, owning a 10-9-6 record against the Sun Devils. Washington has posted an 8-4-2 record all-time when facing ASU at home. The last two matchups have ended in a draw, including a 2-2 thriller in Seattle last season.
LAST MEETING (9/24/21)
SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team tied Arizona State 2-2, in a wild match at Husky Soccer Stadium on Friday night. In the conference opener the Huskies, went down two goals early but rallied back in the second half to draw with ASU.
After 25 minutes of play, the Huskies were in a quick 2-0 deficit after two goals by Nicole Douglas.
The Dawgs rallied back in a strong way in the second half when Jessika Cowart scored on a free kick nearly from midfield in the 66th minute to reduce the Sun Devil lead to one goal. Cowart's goal was her second of the season.
Then it was Summer Yates with a free kick of her own in the 77th minute, from a few yards outside of the box with a beautiful strike in the back of the net to level up the match at two goals each.
For the third straight Husky match, 90 minutes wasn't enough. The result was a draw after two overtime periods couldn't decide a winner.
THANK YOU SENIORS
As the final regular season home match of the season, Washington will be honoring five seniors during Sunday's match in Kyla Ferry, Helena Reischling, Ally Remington, Margaux Clarke and McKenzie Weinert as well as student manager Thao Nguyen, who continued to serve with the program after being forced to medically retire in 2019.
DEVIL NOW A DAWG
Washington graduate transfer forward Cori Sullivan will be facing a myriad of familiar faces on Sunday. A Prescott, Arizona, native, Sullivan made the move to Seattle from Arizona State ahead of this season. During her four seasons in Tempe, Sullivan appeared in 49 matches and scored six goals.
KEEPING IT 100
Washington had two players appear in TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top-100 Rankings, with Summer Yates coming in at No. 46 overall and Kolo Suliafu being tabbed at No. 35 in the top-100 freshmen rankings.
EAGER (FORMER) BEAVER
Playing her former team, Oregon State transfer McKenzie Weinert scored her first brace in a Husky uniform to pull Washington back from a 2-0 deficit and earn a vital point in the Pac-12 table last Friday. It was Weinert's third-career multi-goal game, with the first two coming at Oregon State. Of the seven goals Weinert has scored since transferring to UW in 2021, six have come against Pac-12 opponents.
When she laced up her boots in UW's match 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.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Washington's 37 assists are good for the 13th most in the nation and second most in the Pac-12. The Huskies have recorded at least one assist on 25 of their 34 goals on the season, including multiple helpers 12 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, Karlee Stueckle and McKenzie Weinert are all close behind with four apiece. The Huskies rank fourth in the Pac-12 with 34 goals despite being one of just three teams in the league without a player with more than five goals scored.
IT'S WHERE YOU FINISH
Of the 16 players to start a match for the Huskies this season, seven began their career at another Division I institution before transferring to Montlake. Of those seven transfers, five have started at least seven times for UW this 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.