SEATTLE - Seattle University women's soccer gave up a goal late in regulation and then allowed a game-winner in overtime as Idaho escaped with a 3-2 decision Thursday at rain-soaked Championship Field. Laura Hooper and Paige Malm each scored for the Redhawks in the non-conference contest.
Seattle U’s first goal was clean and technical, created from a passing sequence straight from the training pitch. A pass from the midfield found a streaking Hannah Carrothers on the left-hand side, Carrothers picked her head up and whipped a wicked ball to the slashing Hooper. Hooper cleanly tucked the ball in, giving the hosts the lead in the 18th minute.
The first half turned out to be all Hooper’s. Her decisive passes and midfield presence dictated the pace of play for the Redhawks in the first 45 minutes of play, allowing for the Seattle U backline to be rested and to keep their shape.
Through quick sequences of attacking play and speedy defensive efforts from sophomore Leahi Manthei up top, the Redhawks frustrated the Vandals midfield throughout the first half. Seattle U took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
The game was a tale of two halves for the Redhawks. In the second half, speed from the Vandals frontline began to cause issues for Seattle U’s back four. In the 53rd minute, a corner was swung in to a packed Redhawk six-yard box. The ball found the feet of Idaho’s Kayleigh Frederick who would smash the ball off the crossbar and into the net, tying the score at one.
Wing-play became a theme for Seattle U going forward. The combination of Carrothers and freshman Paige Malm wreaked havoc on Idaho’s right side, whipping in cross after cross and causing disorganization through overlaps.
Malm’s energy eventually paid off in the 62nd minute. A lethal, swerving cross from the corner of the 18-yard from freshman Sebelle Rojas found a sprinting Malm three yards out from goal. Malm tapped in the dime from Rojas, giving the Redhawks the 2-1 lead.
The Vandals pressure in the attack became too much to handle, and the equalizing goal was scored by Kelly Dopke in the 85th minute after running on to a long-throw over the Redhawk backline.
After Idaho tied the score, the second half whistle blew, sending both teams to overtime with the scored tied at two.
Idaho was efficient and clean going into overtime. Just two minutes in to the first period, redshirt junior Kayla Watanabe headed in a deflected cross from out wide to end the contest.
Despite the disappointing result, coach Julie Woodward was appreciative of her team’s performance, but knows what needs to be done going forward.
“Idaho fought hard and never gave up. I thought they scored their goals off of a lot fo grit and determination. We have been good for many moments in all of our games but need to put a complete game together.”
The Redhawks look to get back in the win column this Sunday, Sept. 16 at Championship Field against cross-town rival Washington. Kick-off is set for 5 p.m.