Third-ranked Washington now leads Pac-12 after defeating No. 4 California
SEATTLE – Washington defeated California in dramatic fashion on Sunday, winning 2-1 in overtime to take a lead in the Pac-12 standings.
Mason Robertson hammered home a goal just 37 seconds into the overtime period after a Michael Harris flip throw ricocheted off a defender and found the Robertson, who scored his fourth goal of the season.
Robertson’s goal completed the Husky comeback, despite Washington dominating play throughout. Cal scored in the first half and led 1-0 at halftime, but UW equalized in the 67th minute.
The win vaults Washington into first place by themselves, one point better than Cal and two better than UCLA. The Dawgs close the season at Oregon State. A win would clinch the first Washington Pac-12 title since 2000.
The Huskies outshot Cal 28-9 for the game, but found themselves trailing at halftime after Alec Sundly headed home a goal off a corner kick. Washington had its chances in the half, including a breakaway opportunity from Brad Jacobson after he forced a turnover in the back.
The Dawgs tied it on a header from Cristian Roldan, his sixth goal of the season and fourth he’s scored with his head. Justin Schmidt used a nifty bit of skill to get the play started on the right wing, flicking the ball behind his leg down the wing where Harris received it and sent the cross into the box. Roldan nodded home the header with both Harris and Schmidt credited with assists.
Washington kept up the pressure as it pressed for the game winner, but it would not happen in regulation. Darwin Jones hit his second post of the game with a blast from a tough angle, but the game would go to overtime, despite 17 shots in the half from the Dawgs.
In overtime, Robertson’s goal came off a Harris flip-throw. Harris tossed one in the box from the left sideline that deflected off a Cal defender that Robertson pounced on and blasted past the goalkeeper.
Ryan Herman made five saves for the Huskies.