SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s soccer led, 1-0 into the second half, but was unable to hold its lead as UC Riverside rallied for a 2-1 decision Friday afternoon. Emily Zimmer scored her second goal in two games for the Redhawks at Championship Field.
"I credit Riverside," said Coach Julie Woodward. "They turned the game around in the second half and we couldn't sustain our effort for 90 minutes. We'll keep working to put together a complete game."
SU (2-2-1) controlled the action in the first half, pressuring the Highlanders by maintaining possession and moving the ball down the field. A long free kick in the 11th minute resulted in a Redhawk goal, as Zimmer ran through a bounding ball in the box, popping the ball over the UCR goalkeeper and into the net.
Ariana Romero worked to keep SU ahead from there, making four saves in the first half. The visitors challenged her from distance and the freshman did well to keep the Redhawks in the lead through 45 minutes.
The Highlanders adjusted in the second half, putting SU on its heels and forcing the action for much of the frame. A strong individual effort from Madeline Feist ended in a tying goal in the 52nd minute and then the visitors found a go-ahead score in the 72nd minute. Seattle U looked to tie and Leahi Manthei made several strong efforts to equalize, but the Highlanders held on to move to 6-0 on the year.
SU’s eight-game home stand continues on Sunday, as Cal Poly visits Championship Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.