SEATTLE – (Sept. 14) Seattle University men’s soccer scored three second-half goals to fend off Santa Clara, 5-2, at Championship Field Thursday night. Cody Gibson scored two goals for the second straight match as the Redhawks extended their nation-best home winning streak to 20 games.
“It was a more physical game,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “We were a little sluggish at the beginning of the game. I’m proud of the fact that we (answered) their goals tonight. We created a ton of chances.”
After the visitors tied the contest at 1 early in the second frame, SU (5-1-0) looked to reply quickly. Peppering the Bronco defense with numerous challenges, the Redhawks strung together an attack. A Medo Youssef attempt bounded out to Sergio Rivas on the right edge of the 18-yard box. The midfielder drilled a low shot to the far post, ringing the iron and watching the ball cross the line for a 2-1 edge in the 53rd minute.
Santa Clara (0-6-0) earned a penalty kick 10 minutes later and Valdemar Andersen converted, making it 2-all. Just over four minutes later, Rivas found Gibson on the right side of the box. Gibson’s hard shot deflected off a Santa Clara defender and into the net, making it 3-2 at the 66:17 mark.
Gibson struck again in the 73rd minute. He got the ball in the box and had his initial shot blocked. He regained his composure and hammered a shot into the lower left side of the net, notching his fourth goal in his last two outings.
Alex Roldan slammed the door shut with a terrific goal at the 82:32 mark. The senior settled the ball about 25 yards out from the goal in the left alley. His bending shot was perfectly slotted into the upper right corner of the net.
Josh Adachi made three late saves and finished the match with four stops. Gibson and Roldan each scored twice in the win. The Redhawks outshot Santa Clara, 27-9, and posted eight corner kicks in the match.
The Redhawks built momentum as the first half continued, testing the defense with strong chances later in the frame. In the 40th minute, SU was fouled in the box, setting up a penalty try. Roldan beat the Bronco goalkeeper to the upper left side, putting the hosts on the board.
Next, SU welcomes Drexel for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Championship Field.