SEATTLE - An offensive blitz from Seattle University women’s soccer produced a comfortable 5-0 victory over New Mexico State Saturday night at Championship Field.
Five different Redhawks got on the score sheet with Leahi Manthei leading the way with a goal and two assists.
The attacking front of Manthei, Jessie Ray, and Gabe Jillings possessed the killer instinct in front of the net for Seattle U, who improved to three wins and a draw in WAC play. Seattle U pumped in crosses and shots in the early goings to tear apart the vistors’ backline.
“Our team played a complete 90 minutes,” said Coach Julie Woodward fresh off of her 300th career win Thursday night. “It was great to see so many players contribute.”
The Redhawks outshot the Aggies 36-11 with 25 players seeing the field for SU in front of 421 on hand.
Ray opened the scoring in the 31st minute from a deflected tap-in off the opposing keeper. Manthei utilized her pace on the left wing to beat her defender on the goal line to set up Ray.
Eight minutes later, Holly Rothering converted a penalty kick, sending the Aggie keeper the wrong way to double the Redhawk advantage.
Goalkeeper Madison Waguespack had a quiet night in goal, contributing three stops, to keep the Redhawks’ second shutout in a row and fifth of the season.
Olivia Ovenell set the pace of play from the midfield. The redshirt senior spread the ball around the pitch to keep the tempo of the match comfortably in the home side’s favor.
The Redhawks kept their foot on the gas right out of the gate in the second half with Kelsey Crosby slamming a right-footed, one-touch shot 18 yards out to the roof of the net in the 47th minute. Senior Rachel Bowler set up the score. Crosby, a freshman midfielder, has three goals on the 2019 season.
Jillings added to the offensive storm three minutes later, following up on a defensive scrum in the Aggie six-yard box to tap in her second of the campaign with Manthei on the helper.
Manthei polished off an offensive clinic with rocket to the top corner in the 56th minute. Gina Leete put a pinpoint pass to the junior forward, who rounded her defender and placed the shot to the top right corner to hand Woodward’s women the 5-0 win.
“I thought we had a great goal scoring mentality today against a pretty solid high-pressuring New Mexico State team.”
SU looks to improve to four wins in WAC play on Friday, Oct. 18, as the Redhawks take on Grand Canyon in Phoenix with kickoff set at 7 pm.