The Seattle University men’s soccer team scored two goals midway through the first half and then needed to overcome going a man down and two penalty kick opportunities to defeat Florida Gulf Coast University, 2-1, Friday night at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
In the 26th minute, soon after being called for an offside violation, the Seattle University offense kicked back into gear, culminating with a goal from Brandon Hamer (Carmichael, Calif.) off an assist from senior Luis Gamez (The Dalles, Ore.), his team-leading third assist of the season. With 12 minutes remaining in the half, Demaci Roussos (Sacramento, Calif.) set up Wesley Van Hooser (Lake Stevens, Wash.), whose header beat FGCU goalie Adam Glick to give the Redhawks a 2-0 lead.
The action started to spin out of control, as the referees handed out four yellow cards in a five-minute span late in the first half. Midway through the second half, FGCU went a man down when Caleb Lynch received his second yellow card of the match. However, the sides would become even again just over a minute later, as Seattle University goalie Emerson DeOliveira (Normandy Park, Wash.) received a red card.
DeOliveira’s card also resulted in a penalty kick chance for the Eagles, but Jordan Jennings (Tacoma, Wash.) stopped Jonathan Koshko’s attempt to keep the shutout intact. However, FGCU was granted another penalty kick chance just 45 seconds later, and Manuel Gonzalez connected to bring the Eagles within one.
Florida Gulf Coast (1-3-1) kept the pressure on, earning three corner kick opportunities in the span of 63 seconds, but the Redhawk defense did not allow any shots. Jennings made two saves off of header shots in the final eight minutes of the match. Seattle University had its chances to increase the lead, but Glick made two saves and a shot by Mutanda Kwesele (Seattle, Wash.) with 4:35 remaining in regulation hit the post.
DeOliveira made two saves and was credited with the victory, but will be forced to sit out Saturday’s match at Florida Atlantic due to the red card. Jennings played almost 27 minutes of solid relief with three saves, including one on the penalty kick chance right as he came off the bench. Glick finished with three saves for the Eagles.
Seattle University (4-1) will head to Boca Raton, Fla., to face Florida Atlantic Saturday night, Sept. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. local time. With Friday’s victory, the Redhawks remain undefeated against Division I opposition.