PHOENIX – Seattle University women’s soccer won, 1-0, at Grand Canyon Friday night. Bailey Hall scored in the second half as the Redhawks recorded their third straight shutout in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) match at GCU Stadium.
"That was a gritty win," said Coach Julie Woodward. "It wasn't our best performance lately, but it was a good team defensive effort. I was happy to see us get a third straight shutout."
SU (8-6-2, 4-0-1 WAC) played well to open the night, as Rachel Bowler and Kelsey Crosby found space on the right side to create chances for the Redhawk attack. Forwards Jessie Ray and Leahi Manthei earned solid opportunities in the early going, but GCU kept it scoreless.
As the half continued, Seattle U did well to control the flow of play and pressure the hosts’ defense. Despite a 9-3 advantage in shots for the Redhawks, the game went into halftime tied at zero.
In the second half, SU worked to find a goal to grab the lead. Stellar passing in the midfield allowed the Redhawks to keep possession away from the Lopes. In the 63rd minute, Manthei created room on the left side and crossed in a left-footed ball, where Ray deflected it to Hall, who knocked in her third goal of the year for a 1-0 advantage.
The SU defense held firm from there, as Michele Adam and Kelsey Vogel cleared any danger from GCU. The Lopes nearly tied it in the final minutes, but the crossbar was on the Redhawks’ side on a free kick, allowing Seattle U to keep its margin and come away with the road victory.
SU held a 16-8 advantage in shots. Madison Waguespack tallied a pair of saves in her fifth shutout of the year. She and the Redhawk defense have not conceded a goal in 291:24 of game action, including three straight clean sheets.
Seattle U will play at California Baptist in a WAC contest on Thursday, Oct. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Riverside, California.