SEATTLE, WA - (August 11) A spirited come back from the Seattle University women’s soccer fell just short as visiting Trinity Western came out of Championship Field with a 2-1 exhibition victory. The lone Redhawks goal came in the 78th minute from freshman Paige Malm.
Through physical tactics in midfield and a “bend but don’t break” attitude, the Spartans were able to score twice in twelve seconds, coming in the 33rd minute behind efforts from senior Rachel Hutchinson and redshirt senior Danae Derksen.
The Redhawks showed to be a tactically sharp side in the midfield, connecting passes consistently and combining with quick wing play from a stellar performance from freshman Sabrina Nava.
Seattle U began the second half with intensity and an aggressive style of play. High-pressing from forwards Leahi Manthei and Jessie Ray put the backline of Trinity Western into disarray, ultimately resulting in Malm’s goal late in the second half.
Heels were dug deep in the remaining ten minutes of the match with the Seattle U back four remaining stout on balls in the air, however proving to be not enough once the final whistle blew.
Seattle U Coach Julie Woodward was pleased with the performance after half-time, and believes the best is yet to come.
“We got off to a slow start but made adjustments as the game went on. We played a much better second half and it was encouraging to see us get a goal.”
The Redhawks hit the road to open the 2018 regular season August 17, taking on the Washington State University Cougars in Pullman with kick-off set at 7:00 pm.