SEATTLE - Seattle University men’s soccer completed a strong victory against visiting UC Santa Barbara, defeating the visitors 2-0 behind goals from redshirt sophomore Noe Meza and senior Orlando Neto. The Redhawks claimed their second win of the weekend.
Possession was the name of the game for the Redhawks as Coach Pete Fewing’s squad dominated the middle of the park. Passes were quick, concise, and with purpose coming from the defensive midfield pairing of sophomore Gabriel Ruiz and junior Julian Avila-Good. Ruiz specifically was active in the attack, linking well with the front line and registering a couple of shots in the opening ten minutes of the match.
Meza’s goal was one Fewing would be pleased with. Ruiz stripped the ball away from a UCSB midfielder in the Gaucho defensive third, and found senior captain Sergio Rivas, who dished to a sprinting Cody Gibson at the top of the 18-yard box. Gibson picked his head up and put a through ball on a platter for a streaking Meza. Meza would one-time slot the ball into the far corner for the opening Redhawk goal in the 21stminute.
Just four minutes later, UCSB would commit a foul 20 yards out of the Gaucho net. Neto stepped up and ripped a laser into the upper corner of the goal, getting the crowd at Championship Field on their feet. Seattle U would take the lead into the half.
After the 2nd half whistle, the Seattle U backline would be put under immediate pressure. The UCSB combination of midfield and attack sent more threatening through balls through the middle, which kept senior goalkeeper Josh Adachi and the centerback pairing of Nathan Aune and Anthony Ayala on their toes.
After absorbing the UCSB pressure for much of the second half, it would eventually be relieved after a Gaucho player was handed a straight red card in the 70thminute. The Redhawks would ride the rest of the match out, resulting in a 2-0 win.
"We came out with good energy tonight," said Fewing. "We carried over from the second half of Friday's game into this one. Our passes were precise and it was a great team effort."
Seattle U continues its 2018 season Friday, September 7, in a colossal match-up against fourth-ranked University of Akron. Kick-off set for 7:30 p.m. at Championship Field.