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November 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

No. 2 Washington beats Seattle U, 4-2, in NCAA tournament; Stanford up next

Photo credit: Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times (full gallery here)

Photo credit: Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times (full gallery here)

A crowd of about 3,100 proved Sunday’s NCAA tournament game between Washington and Seattle University was one of the biggest college events for this sport in this city.

It ended how many expected, with the second-ranked Huskies prevailing at home. Coach Jamie Clark‘s side raced out to a four-goal lead and held on for a 4-2 win, boasting a 23-11 advantage in shots.

“That fourth goal finally goes in and people in soccer think, OK, that’s the one; the game’s done. Including us,” Clark said in our game story. “Were looking at, hey what subs, what should we do? We want to play guys 90 minutes if we have to to win games. I think we’ll learn that lesson now.”

UW (15-1-4) advances to the third round for just the second time in program history and will host Stanford at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Husky Soccer Stadium. Tickets will be available Monday morning at the Husky ticket office, online here and over the phone at (206) 543-2200.

Four Pac-12 schools ultimately made it to the Round of 16 when you include No. 1 UCLA and No. 4 Cal.

The Dawgs got goals from Darwin Jones, Josh Heard, Cristian Roldan and Mason Robertson. The Redhawks, who had been unbeaten in their previous 12 games, were able to halve the deficit through Chase Hanson and Brady Ballew.

Seattle U ended the year 11-9-4 after a 0-6-1 start.

“This was terrific and it’s what you want out of a collegiate soccer game between cross-town rivals,” said coach Pete Fewing in a school release. “We had packed stands and six goals, which is a lot. I’m proud of our guys for never giving up. They have a terrific team, the Huskies are a very good team and it’s fun to play in a game like this. I’m proud of the fact that we didn’t give up. I give credit to the Huskies with four goals and I expect they’ll do great things in this tournament.”

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