After scoring both the game-tying and game-winning goals last Friday in Seattle U's 4-3 victory over Portland, senior Marshall Kosaka (Burien, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
After Portland had erased a 2-0 deficit and taken the lead in the 39th minute, Kosaka was able to convert on a header from five yards out with just 1:29 remaining before halftime to tie the match at 3-3 heading into the intermission. The contest remained a 3-3 tie until late in the second half, when Kosaka again was successful on a scoring chance, this time with 3:04 remaining in regulation, to put the Redhawks ahead, 4-3.
It was Kosaka's senior leadership that helped calm the Seattle U squad down after the flurry of goals in the first half, keeping the team in the match. Against Washington on Sunday, Kosaka was credited with two shots as the Redhawks played the Huskies to a scoreless tie after 45 minutes before eventually falling, 2-0. He now is tied for the team lead in goals (two) and total points (five).
"Marshall had two terrific goals against Portland. The first was an excellent header that tied the game. It came right before the half and after going up 2-0 then down 3-2, it was a much-needed lift for the team. His second, the game-winner in the 87th minute, was tremendous in that he played the ball in, followed his pass and then placed it in the lower left corner. It was great to see Marshall get his first goals of the year, and we expect many more goals to come from him this season," Seattle U head men's soccer coach Peter Fewing said.
In the classroom, Kosaka is majoring in civil engineering and currently has a 3.314 grade point average. He is a two-time honoree on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic Team, plus he earned honorable mention All-MPSF recognition last season. For his career, Kosaka has appeared in 54 matches, including 41 starts, collecting nine goals and three assists for 21 career points.
The Seattle University men's soccer team opens conference play this Sunday, Sept. 30, against the San Jose State Spartans at Championship Field starting at 1 p.m. It is the first of 10 MPSF matches, five at home and five on the road, for the Redhawks this season, who look to finish in the top six in the conference standings to qualify for the MPSF Tournament for the first time since joining the league in 2009.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete of the Week each Tuesday based on a person's performance both in the classroom and in competition.