RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Seattle University men’s soccer fell, 2-1, at California Baptist in the 2018 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opener Thursday afternoon. Cody Gibson scored for the Redhawks in the first-ever WAC game at Lancer Soccer Field.
"You have to give CBU credit," said Coach Pete Fewing. "Cody scored a very nice goal. We didn't get a couple other goals that we could have gotten and that cost us. We have to find a way to put teams away when we create chances."
SU (3-3-0, 0-1-0 WAC) played its usual brand of possession-based offense in the early going, working the exterior of the Lancer defense. In the 11th minute, a throw-in landed in the midfield, where Sergio Rivas won a loose ball. He quickly turned to attack and set up Gibson on the offensive flank. Gibson broke down his defender on the right side, creating space to launch a shot past a diving CBU (4-2-1) goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.
The hosts went on to level the contest later in the first half as the teams entered halftime deadlocked.
In the second half, the teams battled back and forth in search of a go-ahead score. The Lancers found a goal in the 70th minute, working well in the box to create a scoring chance.
Josh Adachi finished with five saves, including a pair of vital stops to keep it a one-goal margin. SU pressured the CBU back line late, but the home side stood tall and held on to its advantage.
The Redhawks outshot the Lancers, 17-9, and claimed a 5-0 margin in corner kicks.
SU continues its six-game road trip on Sunday, as they play at Loyola Marymount in non-conference action.