PORTLAND, Ore. – (Sept. 1) No. 25 Seattle University men’s soccer dominated the second half, but fell, 2-1, at the University of Portland Friday night. The Redhawks outshot their opponents, 11-1, in the final 45 minutes, but could not tie the contest at Merlo Field.
"We upped our intensity (later in the second half)," said Coach Pete Fewing. "I think we came out flat, but we improved our passing. If you don't take advantage of your opportunities, you'll get punished."
In the first half, SU (2-1-0) outshot Portland, 4-2, as Alex Roldan and Nathan Aune both put shots on goal. Josh Adachi made a save in the 14th minute to keep the match scoreless. At 27:49, the Redhawks were called for a foul in the box, setting up a penalty shot. Rey Ortiz cashed in on the opportunity for a 1-0 Pilot advantage. That score held into the second half.
After a Roldan shot hit the post early in the frame, the hosts made it 2-0 at the 63:36 mark, hitting a shot from outside the box to extend the margin. Less than a minute later, Seattle U responded. Ozzie Ramos slotted a ball through the box to Medo Youssef, who worked through contact and beat the Pilot goalkeeper for his first goal of the season in the 65th minute.
For the rest of the match, SU controlled possession and worked feverishly to find an equalizing goal. It tried seven shots, with a pair of attempts going on net. Portland fended off all challenges, though, and escaped with the decision.
Seattle U held a 15-3 advantage in shots and a 5-1 margin on corner kicks.
The Redhawks host Mercer in a non-conference game on Thursday, Sept. 7. The match is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Championship Field. SU sports the nation’s longest active home winning streak at 18 games.