SEATTLE, WA–– (GoHuskies.com) 16 minutes was all it took for the Dawgs to capture the win over Gonzaga Friday night. After taking the lead early in the first half, the team earned their tenth win of the season, finishing 3-1.
“I’m happy with tonight’s result,” said head coach Jamie Clark. “It’s nice to get momentum heading into the back half of our Pac-12 schedule. It was good to see a few guys get on the score sheet but we know that this wasn’t a perfect performance.”
The three goals tied the team’s for the most goals scored in the first half, the other time being at UCLA on Sept. 29. The match broke the record for the fastest the team scored three goals this season.
3 goals in opening 16 minutes
The first scorer of the night was freshman Elijah Rice. Rice found a long pass from Justin Schmidt, where he took a shot from inside the box and netted the ball in the top right corner.
The goal marked Rice’s second goal of his career.
Less than four minutes later Garret Jackson headed the ball into the net amongst chaos in the box after a free kick from Schmidt. The kick was tipped down by the Bulldog goalkeeper, Ben Willis, but Jackson stepped up to head the ball in the vacant net.
Jackson’s header was his third goal of the season and the fifth of his career.
In the sixteenth minute Willis drew a foul from a tackle, giving the Dawgs a penalty kick. Steven Wright sent the ball straight down the middle while Willis dove right, allowing the ball to find the back of the net.
The conversion from Wright was his third season and sixth career goal.
Justin Fiddes saw action for the first time since the team’s Sept. 11 match at Harvard. He played for ten minutes.
Goalkeeper Auden Schilder had one save and allowed one goal on the night. The goal happened in the 28th minute and was an unassisted ball from Christo Michaelson.
The Huskies outshot the Bulldogs, 12-6. Henry Wingo and Handwalla Bwana both recorded three shots, Garret Jackson had two (one goal), Quentin Pearson, Steven Wright (goal), Elijah Rice (goal) and Beau Blanchard each recorded one shot.
The squad will embark on its final road trip of the regular season next week to face California-Berkeley and Stanford. They will first play at Cal on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 30 they will see Stanford for a 5 p.m. meeting. Both matches will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network.
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