SEATTLE -- Fifth-ranked Washington got the conference season started with a big home win against No. 13 California, 3-2. Darwin Jones scored twice and Beau Blanchard added a late goal as the Huskies improved to 8-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the Pac-12.
California struck first, scoring in the 33rd minute when Connor Hallisey played a through ball to a streaking Stefano Bonomo who finished in front of Spencer Richey who had left his line. The goal gave the Golden Bears the early lead, but it would not last long.
Just five minutes later, Jones notched the equalizer after a foul 28 yards from goal. He stood over the free kick, then quickly struck a low near post shot bending around the wall. The shot slipped inside the post for Jones’ sixth goal of the season and the game was tied.
The draw would last until the half with the Dawgs outshooting Cal 8-6. Washington had the majority of the possession, but did not begin to take over the game until after the break.
In the second half, the Huskies really began to control play and took the lead in the 56th minute with a second goal from Jones. This time Ian Lange carried his dribble through the middle of the park, before slipping a through ball to a streaking Jones, who finished with one touch. The goal was the seventh for Jones to tie Hallisey for the Pac-12 lead. Lange also picked up his first assist of the season.
Washington would add to their lead in the 74th minute when Beau Blanchard scored his first career goal. The Husky sub got on the board almost immediately after entering the game to make it 3-1 Huskies. This time, Justin Fiddes started the offense, attacking from his position at right back. Fiddes played a through ball into the corner that fellow freshman Henry Wingo hit back across goal where Blanchard was waiting for a great one-time finish from about 15 yards out. Wingo and Fiddes each picked up their second assist of the year, while Blanchard is now in the Husky books as a goal scorer.
With a two-goal lead, the Dawgs really began to dominate play, but a mistake at the back made things interesting. A defensive turnover led to Fiddes chasing a Cal breakaway and his foul caused a penalty kick. The Golden Bears' Seth Casiple converted the PK and Cal was within a goal with 3:31 left on the clock.
The late goal made for a narrow margin, but the Dawgs did well to kill the rest of the game without giving up any more chances to Cal. Washington finished with a 13-6 edge in second-half shots, while also taking five of the six corners after the break.
Richey earned his fifth win of the season in goal, making a season-high six saves.