The Washington Men and Women scored big wins in Portland over the weekend as they beat their Pilot counterparts in close, exciting matches.
On Saturday the Husky Men won 2-1 in overtime. On Sunday the Women followed with a 3-2 win at Merlo Field.
Wilson Tsoi shot the first half of the Men’s match. See his gallery here.
The Dawgs finally got on the board after the break, scoring in the 53rd minute. Darwin Jones sent a ball across the goal that Josh Heard found and finished in the top left corner. The goal was the fifth of the season for Heard to tie Jones and Mason Robertsonfor the team lead. Jones picked up his fourth assist to tie James Moberg for the Washington lead.
“I thought (Josh) Heard was our best player over the course of the entire game,” Men’s head coach Jamie Clark told the UW Daily. “I just thought he brought true energy from start to finish. He was fantastic.”
It’s never easy in a rivalry game, but any road win is a good one. Cristian Roldan scored in the first minute of extra time to help the Dawgs finish off the non-conference season with a record of 7-1-0.
The Huskies did not wait long in overtime, scoring just 49 seconds into the period. Heard set up the goal, driving a low pass on the ground to Roldan, who finished into the low left corner. The goal was the second of the season for Roldan, while Heard picked up his first assist.
The goal ended the non-conference season with the Dawgs winning seven of eight. They will now enter Pac-12 play where five of the six teams are ranked in the top-25. Washington will open with a huge home weekend with California and Stanford. The Dawgs host the Golden Bears on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., followed by the Cardinal coming to Husky Soccer Field on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m.
Women come through on Sunday
UW women’s soccer beat the Portland Pilots 3-2 for just the fourth time in program history Sunday afternoon at Merlo Field, led by Amanda Perez’s game-winner in the 80th minute and Kate Bennett’s two goals. (Photos here.)
“For 21 years we’ve played this team and it’s never been easy,” Women’s head coach Lesle Gallimore told the UW Daily. “And I knew it wouldn’t be easy today.”
The Huskies came into Sunday’s match with an all-time mark of 3-23-2 against the Pilots, the last win coming in the 2010 NCAA tourney when UW beat Portland in penalty kicks to advance to the Sweet 16. They had previously won in 2000 and 2004, with all three wins coming in Portland.
UW resumes its schedule next weekend with a trip to California to face No. 4 Stanford and No. 12 California on Friday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 5, respectively, marking the sixth and seventh straight road games for UW.
Game winning goal – Wilson Tsoi photo sequence