SEATTLE – (Aug. 20) Seattle University women’s soccer dropped a 2-1 decision to Oregon State Sunday night. Jessie Ray scored a first-half goal for the Redhawks, who fell in their opener at Championship Field.


“I thought we created a lot of opportunities,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “It was a special effort. The work ethic we showed tonight is going to win us a lot of games this year.”


The teams played an even match for much of the evening, with both sides gaining chances to question the defense. In the 26th minute, Isabelle Butterfield touched the ball toward Holly Rothering, who got the ball in the penalty box and looked to shoot. Her attempt was deflected and rolled in front of the net, where Ray capitalized, finding the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.


The visitors responded with a tying goal 50 seconds later. The teams entered halftime even at 1.


Seattle U controlled the action early in the second half, maintaining possession and keeping the Beaver defense moving. Oregon State kept the score tied as the half progressed, though. Emma Jones scored on a direct kick to give the visitors a 2-1 edge with 16:16 to play.


As time ran down, the Redhawks ramped up their attack. Isabelle Butterfield worked for two strong chances, but the OSU defense held its lead.


SU outshot its foe, 10-8, while both sides posted five corner kicks.


Laura Hooper was a bright spot,” said Woodward. “And (Rosalie) Sittauer played one of her best games I’ve seen. Jessie Ray was a spark for us as well.”


The Redhawks head to Hawaii for a pair of matches next weekend, as they face Pacific and Hawaii in Honolulu.