The Seattle University men's soccer team earned their first conference victory of the season thanks to Michael Roberts (Issaquah, Wash.), who headed in the go-ahead goal during the 64th minute for a 2-1 victory over Houston Baptist Friday at Championship Field in Seattle.
Roberts earned the go-ahead goal off a header in front of the Houston Baptist net 63 minutes into the match. Defender Chase Hanson (Kent, Wash.) began the scoring play by passing the ball wide to midfielder Marshall Kosaka (Burien, Wash.). Kosaka then swung the ball in front of Roberts, who headed it into the far post for his first collegiate goal.
"The second goal we scored goes in anywhere in the world," said SU head coach Peter Fewing. "Marshall served a great cross in and Mike did a great job getting the ball on frame."
The first half ended at a 0-0 tie, with each team taking five shots during the half. Houston Baptist's Kristopher Tyrpak tallied the game's first shot just 44 seconds into the game, but the SU defense blocked it from heading on frame. Seattle U's first shot was taken by forward Hamza Haddadi (Shoreline, Wash.), but that shot was also blocked.
Seattle U goalie Jake Feener (Rocklin, Calif.) made two saves in the first half. In the 13th minute he stopped a header by Tyrpak, and just two and a half minutes before halftime he turned away an attempt by the Huskies' Kyle Herbison to preserve the tie going into halftime.
The Redhawks opened scoring 10 minutes into the second half when Gonzalez was pulled down about 10 yards into the penalty box to draw a penalty kick. Gonzalez took the penalty attempt himself, which he calmly finished into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the year.
The Huskies evened the game three minutes later off a free kick 30 yards out. Mark Gendi passed the free kick to Zach Pierce, who rolled to his left and fired a shot into the far post and past Feener's outstretched hands to deadlock the game at one apiece.
Eight minutes later, Roberts gave the Redhawks the 2-1 lead with his header, and it was up to the defense to preserve the lead. The Huskies tallied four shots in the final 25 minutes, the most dangerous one an attempt by Pierce that cleared the crossbar by just a few feet in the 80th minute.
"It's a good win, I'm pleased for the team, it's been a long time coming. We just have to take it one game at a time and hopefully when New Mexico comes in we'll raise our effort again," said Fewing.
With the victory, the Redhawks go to 3-11-1 on the year and 1-6-1 in the MPSF while the Huskies fall to 4-82, 2-4-2 in the conference. Feener earned the victory, needing only his two first-half saves to hold the Huskies to one goal, while HBU's keeper Zach Harwerth got the loss, making one save in the process.
Gonzalez led the Redhawks in shots, taking four throughout the contest, one of which was on frame. Tyrpak led Houston Baptist in shots, also taking four with one of them being on target.
The Seattle U concludes its home campaign Sunday, October 28 with a match against #10 New Mexico. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Championship Field, but be sure to arrive early as the squad's seniors will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to kickoff.
The game will also be part of a Seattle U soccer doubleheader, as the SU women's team takes on Denver at 12:00 p.m.