Despite losing eight seniors, including leading goal scorer Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (eight goals), the Huskies believe the have what it takes to claim the Pac-12 title.
“The Pac-12 will be as even as it has ever been, so I certainly believe it is a goal, and it has to be our goal,” Washington head coach Jamie Clark said. “And it is a realistic goal, but we also know it will be hard to obtain.”
The Dawgs return several seasoned veterans, including All-Pac-12 performing goalkeeper Spencer Richey, for a run at the Huskies first Pac-12 title since 2000, when Washington played in the Pac-10.
“With Richey, you have the best goalie in the country potentially, you got a guy who should win us a couple of those tight games you need to win to have a special season,” Clark said. Clark also mentioned that Michael Harris and Taylor Peay are upperclassmen that will be relied on to lead the Dawgs.
The Huskies also bring in an extremely exciting and skilled freshman class. The class is highlighted by Cristian Roldan, the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year.
“From day one, he (Roldan) looks like he belongs,” Clark said. “It’s going to be hard to keep him off the field.
The Huskies open the 2013 season on August 24, when the Dawgs host Seattle Pacific University in an exhibition. The Dawgs regular season begins at Gonzaga on August 30.