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2014 Positional Previews: Forwards

Aug 28, 2014

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SEATTLE -- Wednesday wraps up the position previews for the Washington men’s soccer team with a look at the forwards. Last year, Washington scored 45 goals and return both forwards that did most of the damage.

Darwin Jones returns for his senior season after scoring seven goals and leading the Pac-12 with 91 shots. The speedy striker was named First Team All-Pac-12 as much for the headache he causes opposing defenses as for his production. With defenses gameplanning around Jones, Mason Robertson was free to roam, scoring six goals, including four straight-games to close out the Dawgs Pac-12 Championship and into the first game of the NCAA Tournament. Robertson is a big, physical target forward that pair perfectly with Jones. The Dawgs have plenty of depth up front with the return of three players now with a year of experience. Steven Wright and Dom Dismuke saw limited time last season, while Danny Gavin used his redshirt year. Wright is another target forward that scored his first Husky goal at Stanford last year. Dismuke only saw limited time last year, but is ready for a bigger role. He has great speed and can be used in Jones’ role. Gavin had a spectacular spring season, scoring several goals and will be pushing for minutes this fall. Also in the mix is newcomer Kyle Coffee and redshirt junior Chad Wissing who has returned from injury and could be a factor.

Clark on the forwards: “Darwin will lead the line with pace. He should be one of the most electrifying players in the country. Mason is a goal-scorer beside him. Those two guys are an incredible one-two punch. Darwin will do a lot of work, but Mason will likely be the high-points guy for our team. Coming off the bench, where we can fill like-for-like, is Dom Dismuke, who has really good pace and can get behind guys similar to Darwin. Steven Wright provides us with another big option, who is a very good target forward. Then filling out the forward spot is Danny Gavin who had a great spring and scored a lot of goals. He is starting to play his way in. He is a different sort of forward. He is smaller and a good holdup player that combines with guys and gets in the box. Then, Chad Wissing has beeen often injured, but has found a run of health, so he can work his way into the team in games too. Coffee is a guy who can add depth. Good feet, good player. He has a battle ahead of him to get ahead of four or five of those guys.”