SEATTLE, WA – (September 21) A night with a packed house at Championship Field ended in defeat for Seattle University women’s soccer as Gonzaga University stole a 1-0 decision behind a goal from redshirt junior India Jencks. SU goalkeeper Ariana Romero recorded four saves during the match.
The Redhawks (2-5-2) came out with energy and passion from the opening whistle. Electric wing-play from freshman Paige Malm combining with sophomore Leahi Manthei up top caused issues for the Bulldogs backline throughout the first 45 minutes of play.
Possession was also the name of the game for Seattle U. The backline anchored by center-backs Mikaela Morey and Olivia Ovenell were able to zip balls all over the park, allowing for easy offensive shape and quick passages of play.
After absorbing bombing runs from the speed of the Gonzaga (5-2-2) front three, the first-half whistle blew, ending the half scoreless.
The start of the second half brought much of the same for Coach Julie Woodward’s women. The Redhawks tore through the Bulldogs’ back through long-balls from sophomore Laura Hooper, putting Gonzaga under immediate pressure.
Although Seattle U enjoyed good spells of possession and held a good defensive shape through much of the match, the Bulldogs would get on the board off a tap-in from Jencks in the 74th minute, coming from a lightning-quick save from Romero.
Seattle U continued to pressure from there, yet couldn’t find the leveler as the match ended in a 1-0 result for the visitors.
Woodward was pleased with her team’s defensive effort, but realizes work must be done in order to get results.
“We worked this week to improve our defensive shape. I thought that showed tonight. We played much better in the second half and competed. We created opportunities and we’ll keep working from here.”
The Redhawks take to the road this Sunday at the University of Portland. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.