PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- No. 10 Washington stayed unbeaten on the season, defeating No. 25 Brown, 1-0. The Dawgs improved to 4-0-1, completing an East Coast road trip with a win and a tie against a pair of ranked opponents.
Washington scored the game’s only goal in the 35th minute when Brad Jacobson found the head of Ian Lange and he buried it. It capped a dominant first half for the Huskies, who outshot Brown 7-0 in the period.
Darwin Jones was particularly dangerous for Washington, tallying eight shots, including four on goal. He forced Brown goalkeeper Josh Weiner into a couple of tough saves in the first half. After saving three on Jones shots and one from James Moberg, Weiner could not get to a perfect header from Lange.
The goal was the second of the season for Lange and was also Jacobson’s second assist.
In the second half, Brown picked it up and began to create some of their own chances. The Bears tallied nine shots after the break to just seven from Washington.
Despite the opportunities, new starting goalkeeper Ryan Herman was up to the task. The redshirt sophomore was making his first start after taking over for Spencer Richey who was lost for the season with a broken leg in Tuesday’s draw with UConn. Herman made four saves and earned the first shutout of his career.
The win avenged one of Washington’s toughest losses from a year ago. In 2012, Washington led Brown 2-0 and 3-2, before falling 4-3 in a crazy game between two eventual NCAA Tournament teams.
Washington now will return home for three-straight home games. The Dawgs host Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. for a game broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Sunday, Sept. 22, Washington hosts Georgia State, while a week later SMU comes to town.
The Huskies are quickly establishing themselves as a national power, already with a top-10 ranking before Tuesday’s draw at No. 3 UConn and tonight’s win over No. 25 Brown.