SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s soccer picked up a key Western Athletic Conference (WAC) road win, as three Redhawks scored their first goal of the season in a 4-3 win at CSU Bakersfield Friday. Rachel Bowler scored two goals, while Jessie Ray recorded three assists in the win at the Main Soccer Field.
“We had a great first half,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “We scored some excellent goals tonight. I was pleased with how we battled and competed in what became a close game. Izzy and Rachel were special today and gave us a big push.”
SU put together a strong first half, scoring twice late in the frame to take control of the match. Isabelle Butterfield scored off a Ray assist on a counter attack in the 33rd minute, collecting her first goal of the season. Ray then set up a Holly Rothering goal in the 39th minute, putting the Redhawks ahead, 2-0, as the game moved to halftime.
CSUB scored early in the second half to inch closer, but Bowler was on the scene to lift SU to victory. Ray passed ahead to a wide-opener Bowler, who drilled a shot to the left of the goalkeeper in the 55th minute, making it 3-1.
In the 62nd minute, Hannah Carrothers crossed a ball into the box, where a sliding Bowler knocked the ball into the back of the net for a 4-1 lead.
SU returns home for another WAC contest on Sunday. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Championship Field.