PORTLAND, Ore. -- It’s never easy in a rivalry game, but any road win is a good one as the Dawgs defeated Portland in overimte 2-1. Cristian Roldan scored in the first minute of extra time to help the Dawgs finish off the non-conference season with a record of 7-1-0.
“It was a slow first half, but I thought we played really well in the second half,” head coach Jamie Clark said.
Washington was the better team, but could not put away the feisty Pilots in front of a good crowd of almost 2,000 dressed in Portland purple. The teams would go to the half scoreless, despite Washington taking all six of the shots during the period. The Dawgs also had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks at the break, but could not come up with the finish to take the lead.
The Dawgs finally got on the board after the break, scoring in the 53rd minute. Darwin Jones sent a ball across the goal that Josh Heard found and finished in the top left corner. The goal was the fifth of the season for Heard to tie Jones and Mason Robertson for the team lead. Jones picked up his fourth assist to tie James Moberg for the Washington lead.
The Dawgs continued to put the pressure on Portland and appeared as if they would put the game away on multiple occasions. Washington earned a penalty kick in the 57th minute, but Jones’ shot on frame was saved.
“Guys were getting tired in the second half, but we could have been up 3-0,” Clark said.
Instead of the Huskies adding to the lead, Portland tied it on a great goal from Eddie Sanchez. He bent a beautiful shot into the top right corner for the equalizer.
“That was a wonder goal,” said Clark. “Still, conceding a goal when we have the lead is what has been haunting us.”
The rest of regulation would go scoreless, although both team had their chances. In the final moments, Portland had multiple dangerous opportunities, but the Husky defense held strong.
“Portland was really dangerous over the final 10 minutes,” Clark said. “Once we got into overtime I was confident. I knew we would be able to organize our attacking players and put the pressure on.”
The Huskies did not wait long in overtime, scoring just 49 seconds into the period. Heard set up the goal, driving a low pass on the ground to Roldan, who finished into the low left corner. The goal was the second of the season for Roldan, while Heard picked up his first assist.
The goal ended the non-conference season with the Dawgs winning seven of eight. They will now enter Pac-12 play where five of the six teams are ranked in the top-25.