The Huskies pulled off a late comeback to knock off last years league champion Western Washington on a beautiful Seattle day last Saturday. The previous year Western Washington had gone undefeated in league play and beat the Huskies 57-0 up in Bellingham, but it was a different story this year.
Western scored first early with a quick tap and go from a penalty that saw them go up early, but the Huskies rallied back with some strong forward play and saw Sophomore Peter Harrison touch down the first try for the Huskies and the conversion put them up 7-5. Several minutes later an incredible individual effort by Senior Scrumhalf Justin Santos saw him break five or six tackles and step several others for a 40 metre try in the corner which ended the half with the Huskies leading 12-5.
In the second half the Huskies looked to be pulling away with some nice phase work and a line break by Freshman inside center Nick Gadbaw set up a nicely executed switch with Senior wing Joe Armstrong to put the Dawgs up 17-5. The Huskies again were knocking on the door and had a penalty deep in Westerns territory, but then Western proved why they were the league champions last year by forcing a turnover and sprinting 70 metres for a try down the outside, and it didn't stop there. Western went on to score two more tries and took the lead 17-22 with about five minutes left in the match. The Huskies showed their will to win though and fought back to score a try in the last two minutes to tie the match. A beautiful conversion kick by Senior fullback Aaron Carr from a difficult angle but the Huskies ahead for good.
This caps the end of our Fall Season which included four 7's tournaments, and three league matches.
The Huskies are in second place in the NCRC West Division with a 2-1 record.
Up next for the Huskies is a rematch with Western Oregon on January 25th, at the UW Campus IMA Field #3.
Other notable matches:
Saturday, February 1st- Oregon @ UW
The battle for first place in the division hits Seattle
Saturday, March 1st- UW @ WSU
The Apple Cup hits the Polouse
Saturday, March 15th- Central @ UW
A match up with the league powerhouse