Washington Set for Sunday Matinee at No. 1 UCLA
LOS ANGELES – Washington faces a big test Sunday afternoon in the City of Angels, battling No. 1 UCLA on the road at Wallis Annenberg Stadium at 2 p.m. PT.
The match will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network, while live stats can be found at HuskyStats.com.
UCLA is in its first season under the direction of head coach Margueritte Aozasa. Prior to making the move to Westwood, Aozasa spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford, helping guide the Cardinal to a pair of national championships in 2017 and 2019.
Ranked No. 1 in the country, the Bruins have just one blemish on their record at 16-1-0, falling to Stanford on the road. UCLA has outscored its opponents 50-7 this season.
The Bruins are led in scoring by a pair of forwards in senior Sunshine Fontes and junior Reilyn Turner with nine goals apiece. Fontes also paces UCLA with six assists, tying for fourth in the Pac-12 with 24 points in 2022.
While four different keepers have seen action this season for UCLA, graduate student Lauren Brzykcy has started all 17 matches. Brzykcy boasts a 0.47 goals against average, registering a .851 save percentage on 40 stops.
UCLA leads the all-time series with Washington at 22-4-2, winning the last five matchups between the two sides. The Huskies' last victory over the Bruins came in 2015, a 2-1 win in Seattle. UW will be seeking its first win over UCLA in Los Angeles since 2010.
LAST MEETING (10/21/21)
SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team fell 3-1 to No. 8 UCLA on a rainy Thursday night at Husky Soccer Stadium. Olivia Van der Jagt scored the lone goal for the Huskies off an assist from MaKayla Woods in the 75th minute.
The Huskies recorded 18 shots on the night, the second most so far this season, and the nine shots on goal were tied for a season high.
UCLA opened the scoring early, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime after goals by Reilyn Turner and a penalty conversion from Mia Fishel.
The Dawgs began the second half aggressively, getting into the final third of the UCLA defense consistently. The Huskies were rewarded for their hard work when Van der Jagt scored for her second goal in as many games.
On a corner kick played in by Summer Yates, the ball rattled around until Woods corralled the loose ball, finding Van der Jagt in the middle of the box, who slotted it home.
The Bruins were able to push across a final goal as Fishel scored for the second time a few minutes later, bringing the UCLA lead back to two goals.
COMING ON LATE
Three of true freshman Kelsey Branson's four goals this season have come since the start of Pac-12 play. Starting out as a reserve player, Branson has started each of the last five matches, playing the full 90 in the last four.
FLARE FOR THE DRAMATIC
Washington created some late-game magic on Montlake to stun Arizona State 2-1 in last Sunday's Senior Day match. The Huskies scored twice in the final four minutes to flip the script on the Sun Devils, with Karlee Stueckle netting the game-winner in the 90th minute to send the home stands into a frenzy.
It was the first 90th-minute game winner for the Huskies since snatching a late 2-1 win over rival Washington State in 2020. The scorer of the winning goal in that match? Karlee Stueckle.
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.
WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
Transferring from fellow Pac-12 member Oregon State, McKenzie Weinert has taken that experience and made it pay off for the Huskies. 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 26 career goals and No. 4 with 22 career assists.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Washington's 38 assists are good for the 20th most in the nation and third most in the Pac-12. The Huskies have recorded at least one assist on 26 of their 37 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 six goals, With Karlee Stueckle one back with five this season. Kelsey Branson, Kyla Ferry, Hailey Still and McKenzie Weinert are all close behind with four apiece. The Huskies rank fourth in the Pac-12 with 37 goals despite being one of just four teams in the league without a player with more than six goals scored.