SEATTLE, WA— The Washington Huskies were down 1-0 to the Cal Bears on Thursday night at Husky Soccer Field. Then the Darwin Jones show arrived.
“I just knew going into the game the coaches were telling me I need to step up, I need to have a big performance, so I just remembered that in the back of my head,” Jones tells today’s UW Daily. “I just had to do what I could at the time, so if they gave me space I was turning and shooting every time.”
Jones notched the equalizer after a foul 28 yards from goal (video.) The senior striker stood over the free kick, then quickly struck a low near post shot bending around the wall. The shot slipped inside the post for Jones’ sixth goal of the season and the game was tied.
“We needed something special, and we talked about that,” head coach Jamie Clark told the Daily. “Sometimes you need just a special moment or piece because they’re an organized team, and that was a special moment. Jones was on a different level tonight than any player out there. When he is like that, you see a player who will be on the national team in a few years.”
The draw would last until the half with the Dawgs outshooting Cal, 8-6. Washington had the majority of the possession, but did not begin to take over the game until after the break.
In the second half, the Huskies really began to control play and took the lead in the 56thminute with a second goal from Jones (video.) This time Ian Lange carried his dribble through the middle of the park, before slipping a through ball to a streaking Jones, who finished with one touch. The goal was the seventh for Jones to tie Hallisey for the Pac-12 lead. Lange also picked up his first assist of the season.
Washington would add to their lead in the 74th minute when Beau Blanchard scored his first career goal (video.) The Husky sub got on the board almost immediately after entering the game to make it 3-1 Huskies. This time, Justin Fiddes started the offense, attacking from his position at right back. Fiddes played a through ball into the corner that fellow freshman Henry Wingo hit back across goal where Blanchard was waiting for a great one-time finish from about 15 yards out. Wingo and Fiddes each picked up their second assist of the year, while Blanchard is now in the Husky books as a goal scorer.
The Dawgs will now look to complete the weekend sweep of the Bay Area schools by hosting No. 18 Stanford on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. for another game broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal knocked off Oregon State, 1-0, in their Pac-12 opener, setting up a pair of conference unbeatens.
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