LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Seattle University women’s soccer rolled to a 4-0 win at New Mexico State Friday afternoon. Kelsey Vogel, Jessie Ray, and Rachel Bowler scored as the Redhawks improved to 4-1-0 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) action.
"I thought we played okay in the first half," said Coach Julie Woodward. "I love that we started the second half with a competitive mindset. Vogel had a special game today."
A sprinting Leahi Manthei earned a foul in the seventh minute, setting up a Vogel free kick. The junior’s ball swerved in from 40 yards out, beating the Aggies’ goalkeeper for an advantage. The play marked Vogel’s first career goal.
Early in the second half, SU (6-7-2, 4-1-0 WAC) won a loose ball and Vogel sent a long pass over the top of the defense. Ray was there to track down the ball, outrun her defender and then calmly beat the NM State (1-13-0, 0-4-0 WAC) goalie, giving the Redhawks a 2-0 cushion in the 47th minute.
Manthei set up another Seattle U score later in the frame. She gained possession near midfield and took off down the right sideline. Ray and Bowler hustled to occupy space in the middle of the field. Manthei broke down her defender and found an open Bowler, who cleanly beat the Aggie goalkeeper in the 66th minute, making it 3-0.
Vogel added a second goal late in the match. Bowler’s corner kick deflected off Vogel and Bowler collected the loose ball and sent it back towards the center of the box, where Vogel one-touched a shot that hit the crossbar and went straight down for a brace and a 4-0 advantage.
Seattle U controlled play throughout, holding a 19-8 lead in shots. Ariana Romero recorded two saves for the shutout.
SU will head to UTRGV for a crucial WAC contest on Sunday. The Redhawks hold a half-game lead over the Vaqueros for second place in the WAC standings.