SEATTLE – Washington got the season underway with a 1-0 win at Gonzaga and will stick with the West Coast Conference this week when they open the home slate against Santa Clara and Portland. The Dawgs face the Broncos on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and the Pilots on Friday also at 7:30.
Neither match is a TV game, but both will be streamed live from the Husky Soccer Stadium and available on the Pac-12 website and GoHuskies.com.
The Dawgs earned a hard-fought win over Gonzaga, getting a goal from a pair of newcomers. Junior transfer Darwin Jones beat a defender on the left flank and played a cross to graduate student transfer Brad Jacobson for the header goal. It was the lone goal of the game that otherwise saw good defending from both teams. Spencer Richey earned his first shutout in goal, making seven saves.
Washington now begins the home season against a pair of WCC opponents, who have traditionally been among their conference’s best.
Santa Clara comes to town Tuesday after falling in overtime to SIUE, 2-1. After allowing a first half goal, the Broncos got a second-half equalizer from Carlos Montes, but it was not enough as SIUE scored in the 104th minute for the win. Despite the early season loss, Santa Clara was picked to win the WCC by the conference’s coaches after finishing 11-6-2 last season.
Portland is off to a 1-0 start after defeating UC Davis, 1-0. They will face Cleveland State before taking on the Dawgs on Friday. The Pilots got their lone goal from senior Thomas Iwasaki in the win over UC Davis. Portland is expected to be led by Derek Boggs who was a preseason All-WCC selection. Last season, Portland finished 7-8-4 and were picked by the coaches to finish sixth in the conference this season.
Following this week’s games at home, Washington will head back out on the road for an East Coast trip to face Connecticut and Brown. The Dawgs look to take care of business at home with the tough trip to face two of the nation’s better teams upcoming.