SEATTLE - An overcast afternoon at Championship Field ended in defeat for Seattle University women’s soccer as Grand Canyon took a 1-0 decision off a Sarah Inafuku goal in the 54th minute. Ariana Romero recorded seven saves for the Redhawks.

The match was a battle of two midfields as both sides competed in the center of the park from the opening whistle. The midfield four of Seattle U (3-7-2, 1-1-0 WAC) went in for 50-50 challenges and swung the ball across the pitch with ease throughout the first 45 minutes of play. The two teams would go into halftime tied at zero.

Going into the second half, the Redhawks played much the same style going forward. Possession through the middle as well as resilient defending from the back four allowed for speedy attacking passages of play that tested the GCU (4-9-0, 1-0-0 WAC) goalkeeper consistently. 

Despite the run of play, Inafuku would nod in a cross from sophomore Camryn Larson ten minutes into the second half giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. 

After switching to a back three after conceding, Seattle U had promising opportunities late in the match. A cross from senior Hannah Carrothers found the toe of a lunging sophomore Laura Hooper, who almost tied the score for the home side. 

Despite the bright spells in the dying minutes, the final whistle was blown, ending the game 1-0.

Coach Julie Woodward believes her side performed well and praised her captains in their efforts today.

“For me, there’s not a lot to be disappointed in besides the fact that we didn’t get the result we wanted. I thought we had a special performance from Izzy and Hannah and it’s nice to see two of our senior captains leading our effort.”

Seattle U look to bounce back as the Redhawks take the road Friday, Oct. 5 at CSU Bakersfield. Kickoff is set at 7:00 p.m.