SEATTLE – The 19th-ranked Washington men's soccer team kept its season-opening win streak in tact as the Huskies beat Northwest rival Portland, 4-1, Friday night at Husky Soccer Stadium.
Washington improved to 3-0 on the season with wins over Gonzaga and Santa Clara to go with Friday's victory over a third straight West Coast Conference foe. It was the 47th meeting between the two long-time rivals.
"You want to try and put distance between ourselves and other conferences," UW coach Jamie Clark said afterwards. "This is the kind of thing that the NCAA judges you on."
The Huskies opened the scoring in the ninth minute. After being awarded a free kick near the right sideline, James Moberg's free kick curved into the six-yard box and found the head of 6-foot-2 freshman Mason Robertson, who powered it into the upper-right corner of the goal. It was first career goal for Robertson, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz.
Washington scored its second on a similar-looking play in the final minute of the opening half. Michael Harris' long throw from the right flank barely glanced off of the head of redshirt freshman Justin Schmidt, staking the UW to a 2-0 lead. The goal was Schmidt's second of the year.
The Pilots (1-2) nearly equaled the UW's shots total (four) in the first half, but only one of Portland's three attempts forced a save from Husky goalkeeper Spencer Richey.
Portland's first good scoring chance might have come just after the second-half kickoff, but Jaime Velasco's attempt went just over the bar.
But shortly thereafter, in the 50th minute, UW senior Taylor Peay netted his fourth goal of the week on a cross from Justin Schmidt that glanced off of Cristian Roldan before being sent into the net. Peay scored a hat trick in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Santa Clara.
Portland got on the scoreboard in the 54th minute when Eddie Sanchez drilled in a short cross from Aaron Caprio from point-blank range, closing the deficit to 3-1.
But the Huskies stretched it back to three goals when Moberg's corner was driven home by Ian Lange in the 65th minute, Lange's first goal of the year.
"Those guys are really good," Clark said of his freshman goal-scorers. "Mason got a chance to start and he made the most of it."
Next up for Washington is a cross-country trip to face Connecticut and Brown next Tuesday and Friday.
NCAA Men's Soccer
#19 Washington 4, Portland 1
Goals: UW, Mason Robertson (James Moberg), 8:25; UW, Justin Schmidt (Michael Harris), 44:22; UW, Taylor Peay (Justin Schmidt, Cristian Roldan) 49:30; UP, Eddie Sanchez (Aaron Caprio) 53:48; UW, Ian Lange (Mobert) 64:14
Saves: UP (Justin Baarts) 1; UW (Spencer Richey) 2
Shots: UP 7, UW 11
Corners: UP 6, UW 9