SEATTLE -- No. 6 Washington stayed unbeaten, earning a 1-1 draw with Georgia State on Sunday afternoon at the Husky Soccer Stadium. The Dawgs (5-0-2) scored first, but Georgia State (1-5-1) tied things up before the half held on for the tie.
“It was the second game in three days and even though it was a 5-0 game, we worked hard on Friday,” said head coach Jamie Clark. “We need to get used to it though, because that is how Pac-12 play goes. I thought we were great in the first half until we scored and then were very poor. The second half was a lot of tired legs from both teams.”
The Dawgs were indeed the aggressor in the first half, outshooting Georgia State, 8-1. The goal came off a corner kick in the 28th minute. James Moberg sent in a corner kick from the left wing that found the chest of Justin Schmidt. He played the ball to Josh Heard who one-timed the ball into an open net. It was the first goal of the season for Heard, while Moberg picked up his fifth assist and Schmidt his fourth.
Washington did not hold the lead for long as Georgia State tied it in the 33rd minute. Stephen McGill played a ball across the box and Amiri Abraham finished for the Panthers.
Both teams had opportunities in the second half, but neither would score a goal. The Dawgs had five corner kicks in the half, but were unable to convert. For the game, Washington had 12 corners to just two for Georgia State.
In overtime, Washington stepped up their sense of urgency with six shots, while not allowing any for their opponent. Darwin Jones nearly scored on a free kick as he drove a ball over the wall on target, but the Georgia State keeper made a spectacular save. Jones and Moberg also had late chances, but their shots were blocked by defenders and Washington had to settle for the tie.
Ryan Herman made one save in goal and is now 2-0-1 since taking over as the starter. For the game, UW outshot Georgia State, 20-8. The Dawgs forced Georgia State goalkeeper CJ Cochran into six saves, including two apiece on Jones and Heard.
Washington will complete the non-conference season next Friday, when the Dawgs welcome SMU to the Husky Soccer Stadium at 4 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.