PORTLAND – Seattle University women’s soccer fell, 1-0 in overtime, at Portland Sunday afternoon. The Pilots found the game-winner two minutes into OT at Merlo Field.
"We took another step forward as a team today," said Coach Julie Woodward. "We played a fairly solid game against a good team and now we'll reset as we get ready for conference next weekend. Ariana came up with some great saves for us and it was great to get some time for Jessie (Ray). Holly Rothering also had a special game this afternoon."
In the first half, the Redhawks (2-6-2) came out looking to mix things up, as freshman Bailey Hall earned her first career start. Leahi Manthei played her usual brand of hard-working soccer, attempting two shots in the early portion of the day. Ariana Romero recorded a pair of saves in the first 45 minutes, as the game remained scoreless.
Laura Hooper tried to spark SU in the second half, putting two shots on frame, but the Pilots denied each chance. Romero came up with a clutch save in the closing minutes, pushing the contest to extra time.
Ray making her first appearance in three weeks, put a shot on goal to begin OT, but UP was there to keep the game alive. Jasmine Garibay followed with a goal in the 93rd minute to end it in the hosts’ favor.
Romero finished with five saves on the day.
Seattle U begins Western Athletic Conference action on Friday night. California Baptist visits Championship Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff.