FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Washington tuned up for the regular season over the weekend with exhibition matchups against Michigan State and Indiana. The Dawgs split the games, defeating the Spartans, 1-0, while falling to the Hoosiers by the same score.
The games should prepare the Huskies nicely for the season as both Michigan State and Indiana were NCAA Tournament teams a year ago. The Spartans, like Washington, advanced all the way to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Friday afternoon, Darwin Jones scored the lone goal of the match, leading Washington past Michigan State. Setting up the goal was Andy Thoma who got free down the left wing and hit a low cross to the feet of Mason Robertson. Robertson controlled the pass and laid it back to Jones who hammered it first time.
The match also featured the return of Spencer Richey in goal. The fifth-year senior who was awarded a medical redshirt last season after breaking his leg in the fourth game of the season earned the start and did not allow a goal.
Saturday, the Dawgs fell 1-0 to Indiana, a perennial power in college soccer. The game featured a late Hoosier goal as both teams had begun to empty their benches in search of the right combinations for the regular season.
The Dawgs outshot Indiana 13-8 in the game, but could not find the back of the net. Cristian Roldan, James Nosack and Justin Fiddes all had shots on target, but the Indiana goalkeepers made the necessary saves.
Last year's standout goalkeeper, Ryan Herman, started in goal for the Huskies and played the first 60 minutes without allowing a goal. It remain to be seen if the Dawgs use a rotation in goal or find a starter with two more than capable goalkeepers in Herman and Richey.
Washington gets things going for real this Friday when they travel to Spokane to face Gonzaga. The game begins at 5 p.m. and can be seen live through a webstream via the West Coast Conference.