an in sync offensive attack and a solid backline, the Seattle University men's
soccer team earned a 2-0 shutout victory over Sacramento State Sunday afternoon
at Championship Field. A pair of Marshall Kosaka (Burien, Wash.) goals helped the Redhawks snap a seven-game skid and
earn their first conference win of the year. With victory, SU improves to
2-8-2, 1-4 MPSF, while CSUS falls to 6-6-2, 2-3 MPSF.
Throughout the 90-minute battle, Seattle U continuously
pushed the pace of play. In their best all-around performance of the year,
strong play in the midfield prevented the Hornets from sending in any serious attempts
"We've been getting
better and better, and we've put ourselves in position to win a lot of games
over the past month. I think we were
waiting to take advantage of some of the chances we could create. We expected
this (outcome), but it is welcomed for sure," said Brad Agoos.
The Redhawks took control of the game early and never let
up. In the 12th minute, there was a scramble in the CSUS box. Kosaka grabbed
the loose ball and found an opening from seven yards out to score the eventual
Following the SU tri-captain's goal, the Redhawks continued
to put pressure on the Hornet defense and worked to maintain possession of the
ball throughout the rest of the match.
After several skillful runs deep into the Sacramento State
box throughout the second half, their efforts were rewarded at the 88:38-minute
mark. Kosaka intercepted a Hornet cross near the midfield line and sprinted
down the field. He was able to beat the CSUS backline and sent in an insurance
goal in a one-on-one effort with the Sacramento State goalkeeper Ceasar
Despite not seeing net, forward Mikey Ramos (Spokane Valley, Wash.) was a workhorse for the SU
offense. He tallied 10 shots in the match, including five on frame.Seattle U would go on to outshoot Sacramento State 23-7, with an 8-2 on target advantage.
Defensively, freshman Jens Klitgaard (Nykobing-Falster, Denmark) and junior Ryan Blair (Albuquerque, N.M.) helped create an impenetrable backline.
The duo made several last second stops, preventing the Hornet strikers from
getting off any potential goal-scoring opportunities.
In goal, junior Marshall Reese (Portland, Ore.) earned his first career victory, behind a pair of saves.
"There were a lot of nerves (today), but we really wanted to
get a win. We were able to get a shutout (and) score (a second) goal ... The
guys did great and I'm proud of them," concluded Agoos.
The Redhawks will remain at home for a second consecutive
weekend of conference action. SU will host New Mexico on Friday, Oct. 21, in a
3:30 p.m. match. Two days later they host UNLV, in a 1 p.m. game.