Taylor Peay recorded a hat trick in the first half, as the Huskies (2-0) scored four times in the opening 45 minutes.
Peay got the scoring in the third minute, as he was on the receiving end of a Michael Harris flip-throw from the sideline. Just minutes later, Peay scored the Dawgs second goal in the seventh minute when he knocked a bouncing ball past Santa Clara keeper Kendall McIntosh.
Michael Harris was back to his old tricks for Washington’s third goal of the half, as Justin Schmidt got his head on another flip-throw from Harris in the 24th minute, this throw-in coming from near midfield.
Peay completed his hat trick in the 44th minute, as he connected with a Brad Jacobson cross and drilled it into the upper left corner of the goal. The hat trick was the first of Peay’s career, and the three goals Tuesday night were one more than the senior had in his entire career before entering the game Tuesday.
Harris registered two assists, while Schmidt and Jacobson also notched assists. Goalie Spencer Richey improved to 2-0 on the season, making five saves in 74 minutes of action before being replaced by Ryan Herman. The Dawgs and Santa Clara both recorded 13 shots, while Santa Clara held a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal.
The Huskies return to the pitch on Friday, when they welcome Portland to Husky Soccer Stadium.