COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – No. 19 Seattle University men’s soccer beat fourth-seeded CSU Bakersfield, 1-0, in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament semifinal Friday afternoon. An own goal was the difference, while Akili Kasim made four saves for his 10th shutout of the year at Air Force’s Cadet Soccer Stadium.
"We gutted it out today," said Coach Pete Fewing. "Alex (Acton-Petronotis) was terrific for us. He got to a lot of balls. It wasn't the prettiest game, but we got it done."
Seattle U advances to its fourth WAC title game since 2013. It will take on the winner of Friday's other semifinal between Utah Valley and Air Force on Sunday at noon Pacific. The Redhawks have won their previous appearances in the WAC Championship (2013, 2015, 2017).
Kasim made three saves in the first half, as the teams traded chances in the first 45 minutes. As the frame rolled on, SU got its attack going. It earned six corner kicks, creating several dangerous opportunities, but CSUB held on as the match went to the half even at 0.
In the second half, SU looked for the go-ahead goal, spreading the ball around and finding space in the CSUB end. A Jesse Ortiz drive and shot was blocked to set up a corner kick in the 65th minute. Declan McGlynn sent in a strong ball to the far post, where Hal Uderitz went up. The ball deflected off Uderitz and his defender and then was redirected into the top of the net for a 1-0 advantage.
The Redhawks worked to keep their margin late, as Kasim came up with a terrific stop on a `Runner runout.
On the day, SU held a 16-13 advantage in shots and a 9-8 edge in corner kick attempts.