SEATTLE – (Sept. 7) Sergio Rivas scored the game-winning goal in overtime, lifting Seattle University men’s soccer to a 2-1 win over Mercer on Thursday night. The Redhawks extended their Division I-best home winning streak to 19 games with the victory at Championship Field.
“We created good chances in the second half,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “We were much more clinical and it showed. The goals will come.”
SU (3-1-0) held a commanding 28-4 advantage in shots on the night, but the visitors led, 1-0, until late in the contest. Julian Avila-Good made a strong run down the right side and served in a ball to Alex Roldan, who used his head to redirect the ball further left, where Medo Youssef dove and headed the ball off the Bears’ goalkeeper and into the back of the net with 17:12 left in the second half.
Seattle U continued to test Mercer (0-3-2) as regulation wound down, but the Bears held on for OT. SU was quick to strike in extra time, as Roldan gained possession on the left side and turned to find Rivas open in the box. He calmly played his touch and shot back to the left side of the net, sending Championship Field into chaos.
“It was a great ball from Alex,” said Fewing. “Sergio did exactly what you have to do and made a clinical finish.”
The 28 shots by Seattle U were the most by a Redhawk unit since Sept. 3, 2015, when SU put 28 shots on Northwestern in a 3-0 win at Gonzaga. On Thursday, SU also posted a 10-1 margin in corner kick tries.
Rivas' OT score was the first golden goal by Seattle U since Roldan beat the College of Charleston on Sept. 16, 2016.
Fewing’s squad plays at Gonzaga on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.