SEATTLE - A rain-filled night under the lights at Championship Field ended in a 1-0 defeat for No. 24 Seattle University men’s soccer as Grand Canyon scored the game’s only goal in the 54th minute. Seattle U recorded 28 shots on the night as its six-game winning streak came to an end.
The match began with quick passing and aggressive defending for both sides. Freshman Hal Uderitz and junior Julian Avila-Good proved to a formidable pairing in the center of the pitch, sending decisive passes to the attacking line and winning numerous tackles that made it difficult for GCU to get into the Redhawks defensive third.
After dominating possession and weathering foul after foul, the Redhawks went into the halftime break tied at zero.
Fifteen minutes after the second half whistle blew, the Lopes found the back of the net off the head of senior Jackson Jellah on a set piece just outside the Redhawks’ 18-yard box.
As the match continued, Seattle U went to a back three, sending senior captain Nathan Aune forward to win headers and find any possibility of an equalizer by lumping long-balls into GCU’s box.
Although the final twenty minutes of the game resulted in a plethora of chances for the Redhawks, coach Pete Fewing’s men weren’t able to capitalize.
Fewing recognized his team’s effort tonight, but knows things have to change moving forward.
“I give credit to GCU. They came in and got a win on our home field. Our effort was there tonight but the execution was not. We have plenty to work on this week.”
Seattle U continue their march through WAC play on Saturday, October 13that 7:00 p.m. against CSU Bakersfield at Championship Field.