SEATTLE - Seattle University men’s soccer suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of cross-town rival and No. 8 Washington in the 2019 WAC/101 Club Cup in front of a packed crowd at Championship Field Sunday night. Tonight’s match, which aired on ROOT Sports Northwest, marked the first game in which an opponent has scored on SU’s home field.
The Redhawks (2-2-2) did well in the early goings to contain the speed of the Husky front three. Thomas Mickoski and Sam Tessler committed to crunching tackles in the defensive third to snuff out any chance of a look at goal for the visitors.
Goalkeeper Akili Kasim recorded five saves on the night along with a spectacular, full-stretch save midway through the first half to deny a Washington midfielder from a 25-yard strike.
UW (5-1-0) took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break after a hard-fought first 45 minutes for Coach Pete Fewing’s squad.
“You have to give Washington credit; they came out and were terrific,” said Fewing.
After the Huskies got on the board for the third time three minutes into the new half, the Redhawks stepped up their attacking pressure with crosses coming in from the right foot of Burke Fahling. Harrison Kurtz almost got on the board after beating his man with stepovers and barely missing the frame.
The match ended 3-0 in front of 1,331 spectators on hand in the annual match between the two Seattle programs.
Seattle U looks forward to its next match on Thursday at UC Santa Barbara. Kickoff is set for 7 pm.