Sounders 2 beat up on college neighbors in 3-1 win over Washington
A new look University of Washington team without three players drafted by MLS and Seattle Sounders homegrown signing Darwin Jones surrendered three first half goals in a Tuesday night loss to USL newcomer Seattle Sounders 2.
Defender Justin Schmidt put the Dawgs on the board in the 88th minute on a through ball from Sounders Academy alum Ian Lange, but the first half deficit was too much to overcome for the hosts.
The Sounders 2 squad was filled with trialists so if you follow the team’s Twitter thread of the game there aren’t a whole lot of names attached to the three first half goals that were scored. In fact, Homegrown Victor Mansaray was the only Sounders player mentioned by name in the Twitter feed.
Washington, which went 12-5-3 in the fall and was bounced in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament by Michigan State on penalty kicks, had a lineup absent most of their leaders from the fall season like Seattle Sounders Generation adidas draft pick Christian Roldan, Sounders homegrown signing Jones, goalkeeper and Vancouver Whitecaps draft pick Spencer Richey and Portland Timbers draft pick Andy Thoma (it’s quite interesting that none of them have left the Pacific Northwest).
Coach Jamie Clark’s starting XI on Tuesday night included goalkeeper Auden Schilder, Justin Fiddes, Garret Jackson, Ian Lange, Justin Schmidt, Henry Wingo, Scott Menzies, Beau Blanchard, James Moberg, Kyle Coffee and Josh Heard. Luke Hauswirth, Sounders Academy alum Jim Oganga, Danny Gavin and Johnny Knutsen also saw time.
Jones scored a hat trick in a friendly last March against a Seattle Sounders reserve team Washington won 4-3 and reportedly turned down a homegrown offer to return to Washington for the fall season before agreeing to terms after the season ended.
Tuesday’s game was the second for S2 against college competition ahead of their first season in USL. They drew the University of Portland 1-1 on Saturday. Freshman Erik Edwardson scored the goal for the Pilots in the game and an unnamed trialist got the equalizer on a free kick.
The attendance for Tuesday’s game was reportedly north of 700.
Photo of Justin Schmidt courtesy of the University of Washington