AKRON, Ohio – (Nov. 19) No. 22 Seattle University men’s soccer dropped a 3-0 decision at No. 3 Akron Sunday afternoon. The Redhawks saw their tremendous season come to an end defeat in the NCAA Tournament second-round game at cold FirstEnergy Stadium.
“Akron is fantastic,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “Hats off to them. I’m proud of our guys. The second half was more indicative of how we’ve been playing all year. We have a great group of kids here.”
After the Zips controlled the action in the first half, the Redhawks fared much better in the second frame. Down 1-0, SU challenged the Zip defense, but the hosts found a pair of insurance goals to seal the contest.
Seattle U finishes its season with a 15-4-4 record. It made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five years and won its third NCAA Tournament match since 2013. SU is one of three Division I programs to win at least 11 games in each of the last five seasons, joining Akron and Clemson on the exclusive list.
Akron gained control in the first half, as Sam Gainford scored 6:27 in to make it 1-0. The Zips kept possession for much of the early going, making SU play on its heels.
The Redhawks settled in, though, and eventually earned a corner kick. They looked more comfortable as the half continued and went into the break down 1-0.
Seattle U looked more like itself in the second frame, possessing the ball and putting several shots towards the net. Alex Roldan and Nick Prasad both put shots on goal and then a Roldan header went just wide of the net in the 66th minute. The Zips scored in the 73rd minute for a 2-0 lead and added another score in the 88th minute to close the action.
SU won its third WAC Championship in the last five years.