SEATTLE – (Aug. 11) – Seattle University women’s soccer tied the University of British Columbia, 1-1, in an exhibition game Friday afternoon. Holly Rothering scored in the 55th minute, tying the contest at Championship Field.
“I was very pleased with the overall performance by the team,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “We had some really good moments and created some good opportunities to score. We have some areas to improve on moving forward, but we also have a lot of great things to build on.”
UBC scored first, finding the back of the net in the 37th minute. SU goalkeeper Ashley Routh made a pair of saves in the first half, keeping the Redhawks close. In the second half, Seattle U earned several corner kicks early, pressuring the Thunderbird defense. Rachel Bowler looped a ball into the box, where Jessie Ray played it on the right side. She won possession and then passed to Rothering. The sophomore scored with a right-foot finish, beating the UBC goalie on the left side.
SU held a 14-5 advantage in shots and tallied a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
“It was fun to see Holly get her first Redhawk goal,” said Woodward. “I thought (Jennifer) Plummer brought some great energy to the field. (Stephanie) Spiekerman was extremely solid in our back line and I was pleasantly surprised with all of our newcomers. They made a huge impact today.”
The Redhawks open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 18, at Cal State Fullerton.