The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
SEATTLE, WA — The fifth-ranked Washington Huskies created many goal-scoring chances against Southern Methodist University on late Friday afternoon at Husky Soccer Field. Somehow the Mustangs were hanging on though, and the match went into overtime tied 1:1. Darwin Jones was just the guy to make Washington’s persistent attack pay off. And he did.
In overtime, the Dawgs kept up the pressure and finally Jones won it. A long through ball was played behind the SMU defense, which Josh Heard ran onto and controlled. After a few dribbles, Heard sent a low cross to Jones who drilled it left-footed past a diving goalkeeper. (video)
Darwin Jones overtime winner sequence by Wilson Tsoi:
The goal was the second of the year for Jones, who went scoreless in his first five games as a Husky, but now has two in three games. The Highline CC transfer came to Washington with high expectations as a goal scorer and it appears to now be paying off.
Washington statistically dominated SMU, taking 28 shots to just six from the Mutangs. In addition, the Dawgs took 15 corners and held SMU without a single attempt. Despite the domination, Washington escaped with an overtime victory as chance after chance was turned away with a big save or an unlucky bounce.
“It was a great performance, said head coach Jamie Clark. “You can only do the right things over and over and hope things go your way in soccer. At a point, I thought maybe it isn’t our day, but the good thing is the guys on the field believed.”
Mason Robertson goal sequence by Wilson Tsoi:
SMU got on the board first in the 22nd minute as Washington fell behind for the first time all season. Damian Rosales hit a shot on frame that Ryan Herman tipped off the crossbar, but the rebound came right to Andrew Morales and he banged it home for a goal.
The goal looked as it would stand up until halftime, but the Dawgs got the equalizer off a set piece. Michael Harris took a long flip throw into the box and Mason Robertson fought for position and headed it home. It was the second goal of the season for Robertson, while Harris picked up his fourth assist.
In the second half, Washington completely dominated possession, taking 14 shots and 10 corner kicks. Jones, Cristian Roldan and James Moberg all appeared to have the game winner, but it went for naught. Roldan had a diving header saved, while Moberg hit a blast by the keeper, but it ricocheted off the crossbar.
Washington will now begin Pac-12 play with a trip to the Bay Area to face Stanford and California. The Cardinal will be up first on October 3rd, a team on the verge of the top-25, while Sunday’s matchup against Cal will likely be between top-five teams.