SEATTLE – (Sept. 22) Seattle University women’s soccer tied Portland, 1-1, Friday night. Jessie Ray scored her WAC-leading seventh goal of the season as the Redhawks drew in their non-conference finale at Championship Field.
"I was happy with the way we started the game," said Coach Julie Woodward. "Our defensive pressure and composure was really good. At the end of the day, it's going to prepare us to be in this situation later in the season."
After a strong start at Portland State on Sunday, SU looked to do the same at home. It challenged the UP defense several times in the first half, logging eight shots in the first 20 minutes of play.
In the 18th minute, a Pilot goal kick landed near midfield and bounced to Kelsey Vogel on the SU half of the field. Vogel hit a high ball forward, coming down near Ray at the top of the 18-yard box. Ray corralled the ball, turned and hammered a shot into the back of the net at 17:08.
Portland evened the score at the 61:12 mark, pushing Seattle U to find another goal.
Both teams had chances as the second frame wore on, but it was a pair of key saves by Mackenzie Curry that forced overtime. The SU goalkeeper came up with two stops in the final minute to keep the Pilots off the board.
"It was really great to see her have a big game for us," said Woodward. "I was proud of the way she played today."
Portland hit the crossbar in the first extra session and Curry made another save, while the Redhawks were unable to convert a corner kick. Neither team could find the winner through the extra 20 minutes, however.
Seattle U held a 16-10 shot advantage in the contest.
SU returns to action on Sunday, as it heads to Gonzaga. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.