“We faced a very good Husky soccer team tonight,” said head coach Pete Fewing. “We played well at times and I’m not disappointed with our effort. We made a couple mistakes and UW punished us for it. They’re ranked No. 3 in the country for a reason. We’re trying to find our way but we’re getting better every week and I like that. I’m proud of the effort from the guys. We had chances to get goals and we didn’t put them away and, at this level, you have to execute. Overall, I’m proud of the guys and think they did a great job tonight. It was a fun atmosphere and a great first game ‘under the lights’ with a big crowd.”
The Redhawks outshooting the Huskies, 8-4, in the first half, the contest remained even throughout the opening period of play. One of SU’s best opportunities to score came in the 13th minute on a shot by Miguel Gonzalez (Yelm, Wash.) that was saved by Husky goalkeeper Ryan Herman.
After the halftime break, Washington broke through in the 68th minute with a cross from Darwin Jones to Heard, which would prove to be the game-winning goal.
Less than 10 minutes later, in the 77th minute, Heard would strike again with a goal for insurance, this time assisted by Andy Thoma.
Gonzalez and Ian Hines-Ike (Littleton, Colo.) led the Redhawks with three shots apiece while, as a team, SU outshot UW, 10-8.
In goal, Jake Feener (Rocklin, Calif.) recorded all 90 minutes, notching one save, while Herman made three saves for the Dawgs.
Prior to the match, John Meisenbach and his wife Ginny were honored by the Seattle U athletic department for their generous donations and support, instrumental in spearheading the process of installing lights at Championship Field. They were joined on field by Director of Athletics Bill Hogan and Seattle U Executive Vice President Tim Leary.
The Redhawks remain at home, hosting UNLV in their Western Athletic Conference home opener on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. before hosting Bakersfield on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.