SEATTLE – No. 24 Seattle University men’s soccer broke open a scoreless game with three goals in a 4:35 span early in the second half, igniting a 4-0 win over UNLV Friday night. Hamish Ritchie, Harrison Kurtz, Sergio Rivas, and Connor Noblat each scored as the Redhawks won their sixth straight game and their 2018 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) home opener.
“We were a bit complacent in the first half,” said Coach Pete Fewing, who was honored for his 25 years at Seattle U following the win. “I have to give the team credit for lifting up their effort tonight. I was pleased with Harrison for coming in and producing and we scored some good goals tonight.”
After a scoreless first half, SU (9-3-0, 3-1-0 WAC) exploded at the start of the second to crack open the night. In the 51st minute, Kurtz’s corner kick found the head of Ritchie, who smacked the ball across the goal mouth for a 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Rivas played a ball over the top of the defense to Ritchie on the left side. Ritchie’s cross was expertly tapped in by Kurtz for his first goal of the season and a 2-0 advantage.
Noe Meza’s run through the midfield led to a smart pass to Rivas, who dribbled around the UNLV (6-6-1, 1-2-1 WAC) goalkeeper and scored for a 3-0 margin, capping the five-minute burst.
Cody Buchanan hit Noblat with a long pass ahead, where Noblat finished in the box in the 88th minute, closing the scoring for the night.
SU held a 24-4 advantage in shots. Josh Adachi made two saves in net for his fifth shutout of the season.
The Redhawks host Grand Canyon in another WAC match on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Championship Field.