SEATTLE - An overcast afternoon at Championship Field ended in disappointment for Seattle University men’s soccer (3-2-0) as No. 25 CSUN (3-2-0) pulled out a 2-1 OT decision. The game marked coach Pete Fewing’s 500thmatch as head coach at SU.
CSUN put the Redhawks under fire from the opening whistle. Bombing runs down the right-hand side put the Redhawks under constant duress. The pressure would eventually be too much to handle in the 13thminute as Johnny Rodriguez deflected a cross from the wing into the far post.
Things wouldn’t get much better as Seattle U went down to ten men after receiving a red card in the 41st minute.
The play would eventually improve from the Redhawks. A bright spot in the middle of the park came in the form of freshman Hal Uderitz, who used his big presence in the center defensive-midfielder role to facilitate the pace of play and win headers off of long balls.
During the second 45, Seattle U showed some promise on its set pieces. A few scrambles off corners proved to make the otherwise strong CSUN backline look shaky.
After a boost of intensity, the Redhawks eventually found the leveler. Sophomore Gabriel Ruiz looked to volley in traffic at the top of the box, however, the shot was deflected to the left-hand side of the box to a streaking Sergio Rivas. Rivas' one-touch finish put the ball inside the near post in the 86thminute, lighting up the crowd at Championship Field.
The full-time whistle would blow, sending the teams into overtime.
Though riding the energy from the previous five minutes of play, overtime proved to be short as CSUN’s Rodriguez pounded a bouncing ball in through multiple Redhawk defenders in the opening minutes, ending the match.
Fewing reflected on what could’ve been done during today’s match.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t come out sharp enough in the first half. We have to finish our chances. If we finish our chances that’ll help put teams away. But if we don’t finish our chances teams are going to get to hang on.”
The Redhawks look to bounce back as they begin a six-game road stand starting on Thursday, Sept. 13, at California Baptist. Kick-off for the Western Athletic Conference opener is set for 4 p.m.