SEATTLE – A game Penn had within reach at No. 10 Washington slipped away in the final five minutes as the Huskies struck twice in the waning minutes to deal the Quakers a 3-1 loss.
After a surge from the Quakers which featured multiple set pieces and dangerous chances just past the 80-minute mark, it was a Husky corner in the 85th minutewhich proved the difference maker. James Moberg’s second assist of the day found the chest of Justin Schmidt who knocked in the game-winner with 4:52 to play.
Withless than30 seconds to play and Penn pressing for an equalizer, Washington kicked the ball away to try and run clock. It appeared the Huskies were offside – a linesman’s flag was up – but no call came from the official. A Penn defender picked up the ball with his hands for a quick reset and was called for a handball, resulting in a free kick for the Huskies. Penn pretty much had nine players downfield, and a quick restart from Moberg found Darwin Jones all alone on the keeper and Jones added late insurance.
Penn fell behind in the 38th minuteafter Washington converted on the first real chance of the game for Darwin Jones. He found space to the right of Penn’s goal, and James Moberg sent a cross right to his feet. Jones quickly sent it to the back of the net before Polkinhorne could recover for the Husky lead.
Just under three minutes later, however,Penn leveled the match with Duke Lacroix’s second goal of the season. The senior finished a well-assembled combination play which started with a Penn throw-in at midfield. Aaron Chen connected with Kamar Saint-Louis and Alec Neumann who two-touched to Austin Kuhn at the 25y spot. Kuhn waited for Lacroix to get open, then dumped a ball past the defensive line which allowed Lacroix space to operate.
With his space, Lacroix dribbled around the keeper, and sent his shot inside the far post to tie the match in the 41’.
Shots were 21-7 in favor of Washington, and 10-4 in terms of shots on goal. The Huskies generated a majority of its pressure off corners, holding a 12-3 edge. Max Polkinhorne finished with seven saves
The Quakers return to Rhodes Field on Sept. 18 to take on No. 19 American University at 7 p.m.