Huskies, Pilots on the horizon
Coming off its first ever American Athletic Conference victory, SMU is gearing up for non-conference matches against No. 5 Washington and unranked Portland.
Washington comes into the match with an overall record of 5-0-2, after its most recent match ended in a 1-1 draw against Georgia State University.
The Huskies are led by senior Taylor Peay, first-year Justin Schmidt and senior Michael Harris. Peay leads Washington in points with eight while Schmidt and Harris are tied for second with seven.
However, the Huskies’ production is not limited to just these three players. Washington has 15 goals and 15 assists in 2013 and 11 players with at least one point.
Washington plays keeper by committee; senior Spencer Richey (3-0-1) and sophomore Ryan Herman (2-0-1) have combined for 25 saves and a .32 goals-against-average this season.
The Huskies have a potent offense that will test the Mustangs defensive third. Washington has out scored its opponents 15-2 and has a 74-62 edge in shots.
SMU has an all-time record against Washington of 2-3-1. The last time the Mustangs faced the Huskies in Seattle, Washington shut-out SMU 4-0 at the UW Classic in 1991.
After dealing with the Huskies, the Mustangs will have to contend with the Portland Pilots.
Coming into the weekend, Portland boasts a 4-2 record heading into a match against Denver on Friday.
The Pilots most recent showing was a 3-0 victory over Oregon State at home.
First-year Eddie Sanchez is the top gun for the pilots with three goals and two assists (eight points). Similar to Washington, Portland’s offense is not limited to a handful of players; nine players contribute to the Pilots point total.
The Pilots have also used two goalies this season. Senior Justin Baarts has 11 saves and a 2.07 goals-against-average in four games, while senior Jason Dodson has 11 saves but has yet to allow a goal.
SMU is 2-0 all-time against Portland. However, this will be the first meeting between the schools in Portland.