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.


The hosts scored twice late, but Mackenzie Curry made a save in the final minute to preserve the road victory. Ariana Romero and Curry combined for the win.


SU returns home for another WAC contest on Sunday. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Championship Field.