SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington got their season started on the right foot with a dominating 4-0 victory over Gonzaga. Darwin Jones scored twice as the Dawgs controlled the match throughout, earning the big road victory.
“Once we got in the game, I thought we were very good,” said head coach Jamie Clark. “From about the 10-minute mark through the rest of the first half we were dangerous. We have so many attacking options, it just makes us hard to handle.”
The Huskies got on the board in the 20th minute as good buildup led to an own goal. Josh Heard slipped a through ball to Andy Thoma streaking down the left wing. Thoma sent a hard cross through the six-yard box with Darwin Jones waiting on the back post. Gonzaga needed to get a foot on it to keep Jones from tapping it home, but their touch directed into their own goal.
The Dawgs kept the pressure up, nearly scoring in the 30th minute when Jones had a shot saved and then a rebound was gathered by Cristian Roldan, but his shot was also saved.
Roldan created a goal just a minute later, however, getting clear on a break, before being pulled down by the goalkeeper. Jones stepped to the penalty spot and calmly slotted home the PK.
The Dawgs took a 2-0 lead to the half, outshooting Gonzaga, 12-1.
Washington kept up the pressure after the break, adding to the lead in the 75th minutes. This time it was James Moberg that created space on the right wing and sent a low, drive cross from the edge of the 18 to the top of the six. Waiting for the pass was Heard who banged home the goal first time.
Washington would add one more in the closing moments of the game as Jones was pulled down in the box for another penalty. Again Jones would take the PK, and again he would find the back of the net. It was the second multi-goal game of Jones’ Husky career as he is off to a hot start this season.
“Darwin was fantastic,” said Clark. “I thought Josh Heard was probably are next most dangerous option. We see it in training every day, but it is nice to see him bring it to the game.”
Spencer Richey earned the start in goal and picked up the 27th shutout of his Husky career. Richey made two saves, but was not tested often.
The Dawgs will now return to home, before taking on Seattle U. on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The derby match will be the Dawgs home opener at Husky Soccer Field. It will also be a rematch of the Round of 32 NCAA Tournament game where the Dawgs won 4-2 in front of 3,100 fans.