SEATTLE - Senior day at Championship Field ended in elation for Seattle University women’s soccer as the Redhawks put together an all-around team performance, defeating Kansas City, 3-1 in the final home game of the season. Bailey Hall, Holly Rothering, and Leahi Manthei all scored for Seattle U.
The pressure from the home side was evident from the opening whistle. The Redhawk (7-7-3, 5-1-1 WAC) forwards didn’t allow the UMKC (14-4-0, 6-1-0 WAC) defense any space to knock the ball around and get comfortable on the pitch. This allowed for turnovers from the visitors that resulted in numerous chances for Seattle U in the first 45 minutes of play.
Before today’s match, the Roos hadn’t allowed a goal in WAC play, a streak going back six games.
“I thought it was a great game today,” said Coach Julie Woodward, “I think UMKC is a great team, very well-coached and has great athletes. I was proud of our effort.”
The string of shutouts for the Roos would change in the 37th minute. Senior Hannah Carrothers dribbled down the left wing and crossed a ball to an open Manthei. Manthei one-touch flicked it to an on-rushing Hall who took a composed finish to open the scoring.
Just a minute later, UMKC found the equalizer from Rylan Childers, leveling the score. Halftime came just minutes later with the sides even at one a piece.
The Seattle U pressure continued with the start of the second half. Holly Rothering took over the game in the midfield, winning vital tackles to put any hope of a UMKC attack at bay.
In the 56th minute, Jessie Ray was fouled 20 yards out from goal. Rothering stood over the ensuing free kick and launched a curler over the wall which dipped just under the crossbar to the keeper’s right, giving the Redhawks the advantage and getting the crowd on their feet.
Through more spells of possession for Seattle U, the Redhawks added its third of the day through Manthei in the 72nd minute. Manthei used her blistering pace to run on to a through-ball and deflect the ball under the keeper. It marked Manthei’s third goal of the season.
In the final eighteen minutes of play, Seattle U weathered chippy defense from UMKC and won decisive tackles, allowing it to finish the match out with a final score of 3-1.
Prior to the match, six Redhawk seniors were honored for their contributions to the program. Carrothers, Ashley Routh, Isabelle Butterfield, Emily Bringgold, Olivia Ovenell, Emily Zimmer were recognized.
Seattle U closes out the WAC regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6 pm at Utah Valley. With a win, the Redhawks can clinch second place and a first-round bye in the WAC Tournament.