SEATTLE – (Aug. 19) In its final exhibition outing, Seattle University men’s soccer blanked British Columbia, 1-0, Saturday afternoon. Sergio Rivas scored in the first half and the Redhawk defense made it stand in the shutout at Championship Field.
"I was pleased with the combinations today," said Coach Pete Fewing. "We played better through the midfield. It's always good to get a shutout at home, but I felt like we had one or two more goals in us today."
Seattle U controlled possession for the majority of the game, challenging the Thunderbird defense throughout. In the 16th minute, Noe Meza made a move and sent a pass ahead to Alex Roldan on the left side. Roldan passed right to Rivas near the top of the penalty box, where Rivas fired a shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.
"The goal was a good combination," said Fewing. "Sergio did a good job-he was smooth, comfortable, and confident with his shot. It's clear that he and Alex have played together for three years now."
The hosts held an 8-0 advantage on shots in the first half.
The second half saw Fewing go to his bench, as some of the younger Redhawks earned playing time. SU continued to tilt the field, but UBC kept its deficit at one goal.
Seattle U outshot the Thunderbirds, 12-0, in the match.
SU opens the regular season on Friday, Aug. 25, against Loyola Marymount. The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Championship Field.