SEATTLE - Seattle University men’s soccer produced a dominating performance Friday night in a 5-0 victory over Houston Baptist in front of an electric crowd at Championship Field.
James Morris opened up his Redhawk career in explosive style with two goals and an assist in just 14 minutes. Noe Meza added his sixth of the campaign, tied for the WAC lead, while Declan McGlynn tallied his fourth, including his third in the last three games. Cody Buchanan iced the game late with his first of the year.
Goalkeeper Akili Kasim added his sixth shutout on the year to pair with a penalty save in the 25th minute, getting the 501 SU fans on their feet.
The Redhawks (5-3-2, 2-0 WAC) bossed possession from the opening whistle creating scoring opportunities that immediately opened up the Huskies backline. SU registered 35 shots on the evening with 14 on goal.
Meza finished off a great piece of team play in the 26th minute. A deflected shot from Jesse Ortiz bounced to the open Meza who volleyed a shot off the post to open the scoring for the home side. The Redhawks used strong offense as their possession to take the 1-0 advantage into halftime.
From there, Fewing’s men completely took over in the new half. A team build-up in the 56th minute produced Morris’ first goal as a member of the program off a cross from Kees Westra. The freshman later fired a right-footed curler to the top corner from 20 yards in the 79th minute.
A helper from Morris found the foot of SU and U.S. Youth National Team regular McGlynn, who cooly slotted a six-yard tap in in the 76th minute.
The Redhawk defense didn’t give an inch to the HBU (2-6-0, 0-2 WAC) forwards with the center back combination of Alex Acton-Petronotis and Nkosi Burgess winning a majority of the aerial duels and dishing the ball around the park.
With five seconds to play, sophomore James Burkholder played a through ball to the on-rushing Buchanan who fired a shot to the top-right corner to give the Redhawks a decisive 5-0 win.
“We’ve got to come out on Sunday and pick up where we left off," said Fewing.
Seattle U plays game three of a three-game WAC home stand on Sunday against Kansas City with kick-off set for 1 pm.