SEATTLE - Seattle University men’s soccer ended the WAC regular season undefeated Saturday afternoon after a 3-1 senior day victory over San Jose State at Championship Field.
A brace from Declan McGlynn combined with a James Morris penalty capped an unbeaten conference campaign as the Redhawks will take the number one seed heading into the WAC Tournament next week. SU will play in the semi-final on Friday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Seattle U (13-3-3, 10-0-1 WAC) weathered the heavy Spartan high-press early to keep their composure on the ball to maintain possession. In a first half played in the midfield, SU blanked the visitors on shots in the opening 45 minutes of play.
Coach Pete Fewing’s men finally broke down the Spartan backline in the 31st minute courtesy of McGlynn. A long throw-in from Alex Acton-Petronotis connected with the head of Nkosi Burgess who nodded the ball to the open McGlynn. The sophomore forward made no mistake, slotting a right-footed shot to the back of the net to get the Redhawks up 1-0 going into halftime.
“We were playing to get the tenth win, we were playing for our seniors,” said Fewing. “There was a lot of motivation for us.”
Just 90 seconds after the second half kick-off, senior Connor Noblat was taken down in the box to give Seattle U a penalty. Morris, now two-of-two from the spot this season, converted the penalty, sending the Spartan keeper the wrong way to double the advantage for the home side.
Contrary to the first half, SU dominated possession all around the park in the second. Balls played to the left-side tandem of Kees Westra and Burke Fahling caused headaches for the SJSU (5-11-2, 5-4-2 WAC) backline through overlapping runs that created chances for crosses to the box.
McGlynn later iced the game in the 75th minute with his 10th goal of the season. A sharp turn by Noblat beat his man on the goal line and whipped in a cross to find McGlynn seven yards out from goal, finishing with his left foot.
The visitors would finish a penalty to bring one back for the Spartans in the 82nd minute, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Redhawks came out 3-1 winners to stay undefeated on the WAC regular season.
“To go 10-0-1 in this league is a big accomplishment."
Seattle U begins the 2019 WAC Tournament Friday, Nov. 15 at Air Force with a first-round bye and will play a to be determined opponent in the semi-final.