SEATTLE -- No. 3 Washington (10-0-3, 3-0-1 Pac-12) stayed unbeaten, rolling San Diego State (3-7-1, 1-4-1 Pac-12) 5-3 on Friday afternoon at the Husky Soccer Stadium. Darwin Jones and Cristian Roldan each scored twice as the Dawgs matched their best offensive output of the season.
“Honestly, San Diego State is as good of a team as we’ll see in the conference,” said head coach Jamie Clark. “They are almost all seniors, good on the ball and dangerous going forward. They might be a little suspect in the back, which we took advantage of.”
Washington wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a goal in the sixth minute. After a foul in the attacking third, James Moberg sent a perfect bending ball to the back post where Roldan timed him jump and buried a header. It was a team-leading seventh assist for Moberg who was playing left midfield for the first time this season. Roldan scored for a second-straight game where he has used his head to find the back of the net.
San Diego State equalized in the ninth minute on a header of their own. John Pegg sent a ball into the box that Jordan Ongaro finished from point-blank range, leaving little chance for Ryan Herman to make a save.
The Dawgs retook the lead in the 28th minute with a Jones’ first goal. The Aztecs turned the ball over in their defensive third and Josh Heard took advantage. He controlled the ball and played Jones who calmly dribbled wide and beat the goalkeeper with a left-footed shot.
Jones would widen the lead eight minutes later with his second goal of the game. Roldan played a long through ball to the Husky forward for a breakaway opportunity. Jones dribbled straight at the keeper and once he committed shot in the corner to give the Dawgs a 3-1 lead.
“It was one of those games that we were always up, so they were attacking recklessly,” said Clark. “The game had almost a men’s league feel because they weren’t defending honestly. In the first half they just didn’t have an answer for Darwin.”
Washington took the two-goal lead to the half, outshooting the Aztecs, 12-6. Washington also took five corners in the half and was dangerous on each, although none resulted in goals.
After the break, Washington clung to the two-goal lead for 20 minutes until the Aztecs made it a game in the 76th minute. Ongaro finished his second goal of the game on a one-timer to bring San Diego State within one.
The tight moments were brief, however, as Roldan scored again to widen the Husky margin back to two. Roldan gained possession on a restart, dribbled to his left and shot low and in the corner to beat the Aztec goalkeeper.
The Husky freshman wasn’t done, adding a second assist to go with his two goals for a six-point afternoon. This time Roldan slipped a ball to Heard on the left side and he dribbled towards the goalkeeper for a 1v1 opportunity. Heard calmly finished his fourth goal of the year to make it 5-2.
“Cristian was really good the whole game,” said Clark. “He might have tired a bit in the end, but he was never satisfied.”
The Aztecs would add the game’s eighth goal just 20 seconds later for a final of 5-3. It was the first time this season that Washington allowed more than one goal, but the Dawgs never felt threatened as they always seemed in control of the game.
The Dawgs also welcomed the goals from attacking-minded players. Center back Taylor Peay still leads the team with six goals, but Jones now has five with Roldan and Heard having four apiece.
Next up for Washington it a huge game on Monday night when No. 5 UCLA comes to the Husky Soccer Stadium. The Bruins ended Washington’s hopes of a conference title last year with a win in Seattle, meaning the Dawgs will be looking for redemption. The Pac-12 clash is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.