Before discussing his team’s victory, Washington head coach Jamie Clark summed up the two teams. “It’s a rivalry game.”
In a game that featured 40 fouls and 6 yellow cards, the Huskies (3-0-0) struck first in the eighth minute on a beautiful set piece. James Moberg sent in a cross that found Mason Robertson near the back post, and Robertson headed it into the upper corner for his first goal of the season.
After the Huskies went ahead 1-0, the Pilots responded with better play and nearly evened the score on several occasions. But the Dawgs doubled their advantage at the end of the half. In the 44th minute, Michael Harris had a flip-throw throw in from near midfield that Justin Schmidt managed to get his head on, knocking it over Portland keeper Justin Baarts.
The Dawgs put the game away in the 49th minute, as freshman Cristian Roldan went to work on the Portland defense, beating several Pilots to the end line before sending a pass across the goal mouth where Taylor Peay tapped it in for his fourth goal of the season.
The Pilots and Huskies traded goals to finish the scoring, with Ian Lange scoring his first goal of the season on another Moberg cross for the Huskies.
Despite the lopsided score, neither team backed down, as heavy challenges took place all over the field.
With a showdown with No. 3 Connecticut on the horizon, the Huskies took care of business on Friday. But with a short turnaround and a cross country trip looming, the Dawgs quickly turned their attention to the other Huskies.
“It’s a huge game,” Clark said. “We’ve taken care of the games we need to take care of, now we get to measure ourselves against the top one, two, or three team (in the nation) depending on the poll.”
The Huskies and Connecticut do battle on Tuesday afternoon in Storrs.