SEATTLE – Washington got a pair of goals from two players who have made limited appearances this season, as the No. 3 Huskies defeated Stanford, 2-0, before a crowd of 2,425 on Friday night at Husky Soccer Stadium.
Freshman Mason Robertson headed in a Justin Schmidt corner-kick from 5 yards out to put the Huskies on the board, 1-0, in the 30th minute. After half, sophomore Ian Lange, making his first appearances in weeks due to injury, drove home a pass from sophomore Michael Gallagher in the 79th minute.
“Stanford is always really tough to play against,” head coach Jamie Clark said. “We played very well. We limited their chances...We converted enough chances to win it.”
With the win, the Huskies (12-1-4, 5-1-2 Pac-12) control their own destiny in the Pac-12. If the Huskies claim victories in their two remaining games – Sunday vs. No. 4 Cal and Sunday, Nov. 17 at Oregon State – they will claim the Pac-12 championship. It would be the Huskies first conference title in 13 years.
It was the 3rd goal of the season for both Lange and Robertson.
“All credit goes to Michael Gallagher,” Lange said. “He just found me in a little seam, told me to turn, and I hit it. I found the space and put it in the net.”
On a night when the Huskies and Cardinal (7-6-3, 1-5-2 Pac-12) played a very physical brand of soccer – the two teams combined for 28 fouls – it was a pair of underclassmen that led the Huskies to victory.
“When Mason’s fit and healthy, he’s a handful up front,” Clark said. “Ian adds quality in the midfield,” Clark said. “People just don’t realize how good of a player he is. We need that depth if we’re going to win. What a great way for him to come back.”
During halftime, the Huskies celebrated 50 years of Washington men’s soccer. Nearly 100 alumni, as well as Ron Jepsen, the first head coach of the Huskies when the program began in 1963, gathered at midfield as the sold-out crowd paid tribute to generations of Huskies men’s soccer players.
“I’m proud to see the stands full tonight,” Clark said. “I think it’s the result of a lot of good work and a lot of good wins by the team. People are supporting us. It’s great when the alums come back and they see the following that we’re getting. They built the foundation of this program. They are proud of what they’ve done, and I want them to be proud of what we’re doing presently.”
The Huskies will honor their four seniors on Senior Day on Sunday, as they host No. 4 Cal at 1:00 p.m. in the final regular season home game of the season.