SEATTLE – Seattle University men’s soccer hammered San Francisco, 5-0, to open the 2019 season on Friday night. Noe Meza scored twice and Burke Fahling tallied a goal and two assists in his Redhawk debut at Championship Field.
“It was a perfect script-we scored a bunch of goals, got a shutout, and played a lot of guys,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “I thought we were a little clunky at the beginning, but we got it going a bit and scored some good goals. That first goal was big to get us on our way. Hard work paid off for Burke tonight.”
SU held a 28-1 advantage in shots, including 17-0 in the first half. Fahling controlled play on the right flank, sending in two pinpoint assists before scoring in the second frame. In the 12th minute, Fahling dished outside to Thomas Mickoski, who crossed to a cutting Meza. The redshirt junior got a foot on the ball in traffic and squirted the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Less than 10 minutes later, Fahling swerved in a ball from the right side and found Hamish Ritchie, who one-touched in a shot on the left for a 2-0 advantage.
Seattle U continued to dominate possession as the first half rolled on. In the 42nd minute, Ritchie moved down the left side and hit Meza, who smashed a left-footed shot that deflected off the USF goalkeeper and into the net to make it 3-0 heading to the half.
Looking to put the game away quickly, the Redhawks struck for two more goals in a 41-second span early in the second half. Josh Castrillon found Julian Avila-Good with room to run down the middle of the field. The senior passed right to Fahling, who shook his defender and scored at the 46:06 mark for a 4-0 margin.
After regaining possession, Declan McGlynn sprinted in and created separation at the top of the box. He fired a shot past the Don goalkeeper at 46:47 to claim a five-goal spread.
SU’s five goals are the most since a 5-2 win at Houston Baptist on Sept. 30, 2018 and the most at home since Sept. 14, 2017, when the Redhawks beat Santa Clara, 5-2, at Championship Field.
Akili Kasim made one save in his Redhawk debut, earning a shutout in his first outing.
The Redhawks host No. 18 Denver on Monday in a match pitting two of the four teams to win at least 11 games in each of the last six seasons.