SEATTLE - The Sunday matinée match-up for Seattle University women’s soccer (2-2-1) against visiting Cal Poly (0-4-2) at Championship Field ended in a 1-1 draw on a sunny day in Seattle. The lone Redhawk goal came from sophomore Leahi Manthei, her second of the season.
After playing a match against UC Riverside just two days prior, experience and game-time was allotted for many of the Redhawk freshmen. Gina Leete and Sabrina Nava slid into the back four with ease, making crunching tackles and preserving the Redhawk lead for much of the match.
Freshman goalkeeper Ariana Romero came up huge for Seattle U throughout the first half. Her overall presence on set pieces on top of two, spectacular finger-tip saves kept the Mustangs off the board in the first half.
Early in the second half, Manthei sent a ball ahead to Laura Hooper, who collided with a Mustang defender. Manthei chased down the resulting loose ball on the left side and then cleverly finished with her right foot, beating the keeper for a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute.
After a back-and-forth affair, Cal Poly would eventually tie the match in the dying minutes. After a scramble, the ball would find the feet of junior Jessica Johnson coming from a corner kick. Johnson tapped the ball in in the 87thminute.
Going into overtime, chances came in bunches for Seattle U, the closest coming off of a one-on-one breakaway from Manthei. However, the Mustang goalkeeper made a key save to keep the match going.
After an eventful 20 minutes of overtime, neither side would be able to break the deadlock as the final whistle blew, ending the match even at 1.
Although they couldn’t pull out the win, coach Julie Woodward could pull out a few positives from her team’s effort.
“I thought we played much better than we did on Friday. The team’s response was great. [Manthei] has been an extremely consistent force and a spark of energy for us the past couple of games.”
The Redhawks continue their 2018 season at Championship Field against Idaho on Thursday, Sept. 13. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.