SEATTLE - Seattle University women’s soccer opened up WAC play in spectacular fashion as the Redhawks came away with a 4-0 victory over California Baptist. Jessie Ray claimed a brace, while Emily Zimmer and Laura Hooper each tallied one goal apiece.
“I’m really happy with the way we started conference off,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “We talked about grit, we talked about competing, and talked about focusing on the things we have control of and I think they did a great job of doing that tonight.”
After establishing a strong defensive shape to begin the match, possession became easy for the Redhawks (3-6-2, 1-0-0 WAC) and was a key factor of Seattle U’s attack. Long, switching balls to the wings from the defense followed by bombing runs by freshman Paige Malm turned CBU’s (7-2-1, 0-1-0 WAC) defense to shambles.
Just nine minutes in, a long-ball out to the right found a sprinting Malm who took on her defender and drove in a cross to the far side to Zimmer. Zimmer then rocketed in a one-touch shot low, near-post from 18 yards out to open the scoring.
Cohesiveness in Woodward’s side was evident going forward. The attacking trident of Ray, Malm, and freshman Bailey Hall held their shape and made it difficult for the Lancers to penetrate through the midfield.
After an impressive showing from the Redhawks, Seattle U took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
After the second-half whistle blew, Seattle U came out with an aggressive, attacking mentality that allowed for quick passages of passing play on top of a resounding amount of shots.
Ray continued to dominant the attacking third. In the 53rd minute, a long-ball from the midfield found Malm darting through the middle of the park. Her deflected shot ended up to the feet of Ray who tapped it in to the open net.
Ray wouldn’t stop there. Twenty-five minutes later in the 78th minute, senior Hannah Carrothers took on her defender and sent a through-ball from midfield to a dashing Ray. Ray then rounded her mark and tapped in a far-post shot to bring the fans at Championship Field to their feet.
From there, the theme of the match was defense for the Redhawks. Senior Rachel Bowler consistently won challenges and calmly played the ball out of the back to keep possession.
In the last minute of the game, Malm took a deflected try off CBU’s keeper 25 yards out from goal. The ball found sophomore Laura Hooper who chipped a 30-yard shot and added Seattle U’s fourth goal of the night.
The Redhawks continue their 2018 WAC campaign at home on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. against Grand Canyon.