SEATTLE - A Declan McGlynn hat trick capped off a three-win homestand for Seattle University men’s soccer with the Redhawks securing a 4-1 victory over Kansas City Sunday afternoon.
McGlynn’s hat trick is the first by a Redhawk since Nov. 1, 2015, when David Olsen scored three in a win against Incarnate Word at Championship Field. McGlynn sits tied atop of the WAC scoring rankings with seven goals in 2019.
Seattle U (6-3-2, 3-0-0 WAC) has now won four matches in a row and is undefeated in WAC play.
McGlynn, who now has six goals in his past four appearances, struck within the opening five minutes, finishing a rebounded shot off the post from Noe Meza off a long throw-in from Alex Acton-Petronotis. Kansas City (1-7-0, 0-3-0 WAC) equalized just a minute later on a deflected shot from outside the 18-yard box.
“I’m pleased with the guys to stay with it after we regrouped at halftime,” said Coach Pete Fewing.
With the both sides level at the halftime break and neither side getting a complete hold on the game in the midfield, the Redhawks took control of the remaining 45 to rain down attacking opportunities on the Roos backline.
A handball in the 52nd minute gave McGlynn his second of the day, who calmly sent the keeper the wrong way on the ensuing penalty kick to put SU back up 2-1.
Hamish Ritchie put on an attacking clinic in the second half. The senior forward notched the Redhawks' third, smashing in a header at the far post from a pinpoint cross from winger Burke Fahling in the 67th minute. Four minutes later, Ritchie whipped in a left-footed cross to the open foot of McGlynn, completing his hat trick and sealing a 4-1 win for the home side.
“The subs did a good job coming of the bench and helping out. We have a good team with a lot of good depth.”
The Redhawks look for a fifth straight victory Friday night at UNLV with kick-off marked at 7:30 pm.