SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s soccer beat Chicago State, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon. Isabelle Butterfield, Bailey Hall, and Kelsey Eagle scored in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) win at damp Championship Field.
The Redhawks (5-7-2, 3-1-0 WAC) slanted the field in their direction for the vast majority of the day, outshooting the Cougars, 40-6, and keeping the visitors on their heels throughout. The 40 shots mark a Division I program record for SU.
“We competed more in the second half,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “We played with more urgency than in the first half. It’s a positive to see three different goal-scorers and we’re in a good position in the conference going forward.”
Jessie Ray showed off her superior foot skills in the box, forcing the Cougars to account for her presence with extra defenders for much of the match. Hannah Carrothers led the way on the outside, carrying the ball forward and pounding the CSU back line with crosses from the left side.
In the 14th minute, SU continued its pressure with a cross in from Sebelle Rojas on the left side. The ball found Ray in the box, where she worked in traffic and hit Butterfield, who blasted a shot from 10 yards out for the game’s first goal.
Midway through the half, the visitors evened the match on a penalty kick. The Redhawks kept up the pressure, but Cougar goalkeeper Judith Sorribes was up to the task.
Late in the first, SU finally regained the lead. Carrothers sent in a cross from the left that deflected off a CSU head and rolled across the goal mouth, where Hall beat two defenders to the ball and knocked in her first goal for a 2-1 margin in the 42nd minute.
Seattle U was even more dominant in the second half, holding a 23-1 advantage in shots. Sorribes tried to keep the Cougars in it, but eventually, the Redhawks converted off a free kick in the 79th minute. Laura Hooper set up from 25 yards out and her ball rolled through the box until Eagle tapped in a shot near the end line for a 3-1 score.
Ariana Romero made three saves in net. Sorribes tallied 17 saves for CSU.
SU hits the road next weekend, as it plays at New Mexico State and UTRGV in two more WAC contests.