SEATTLE - Seattle University women’s soccer put on an all-around team performance as it defeated visiting Portland State University 3-0 off goals from senior Emily Zimmer and sophomores Leahi Manthei and Laura Hooper. Ariana Romero and Mackenzie Curry teamed up for SU's second shutout of the season.
The attack came early and often for the Redhawks. Bombing runs combined with early crosses from the midfield from redshirt senior Isabelle Butterfield made the Vikings defense uncomfortable from the first whistle, consistently testing the visitors in the air.
The first goal was reflective of Seattle U’s attacking mentality. After a string of passes 25 yards out from PSU’s goal, Jessie Ray's ball found the feet of Zimmer in the 14th minute, who took a clean touch, picked her head up, and fired a 20-yard screamer to the lower-left hand side of the goal. The Redhawks would take the 1-0 lead into the half.
Going into the second 45, Seattle U would crank up the attacking intensity even more. Wide runs from Manthei caused problems all afternoon for the Vikings as well as her quick passing in the final third, dominating possession for the home side.
Manthei’s effort would pay off in the 72nd minute off a cross from Hooper. Manthei would make a back-shoulder run off of PSU’s centerback and calmly knee the ball to the keeper’s left, doubling the lead for Seattle U.
In the final stretch of the match, a ball from the midfield would be played on to a streaking Manthei, who took her defender one-on-one and drew a foul on the corner of the 18-yard box. Hooper would stand over the ensuing free kick in the 87thminute and fire a rocket to the right of the stranded Vikings keeper.
The final whistle would blow a few minutes later, tallying another home win for Seattle University women’s soccer.
Coach Julie Woodward was pleased with her side’s effort and thought the team made the right steps to ensure success going into the second half.
“The backline played well today. Leahi was exceptional; she worked really hard. I thought we turned it around in the second half and played much better as the game went on.”
The Redhawks will look to continue their 2018 home success at Championship Field at 4:30 p.m. against visiting UC Riverside on September 7.