The Seattle University men's soccer team could not take possession away from the U.S. Air Force Academy, especially in the second half, as the Falcons held on for a 1-0 victory Friday night in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
Air Force (7-6-2, 4-1-1 MPSF) took a flurry of shots early in the first half, but most of them were not on frame. Seattle U goalie Shane Haworth (Puyallup, Wash.) was challenged by Garrett Getschow twice midway through the first half, but Haworth was able to make the save on both occasions. Meanwhile, the Redhawks took three shots of their own, including one by Bobby Segal (Portland, Ore.) that was stopped by Air Force keeper Matt Underwood.
Almost 21 minutes into the match, Air Force scored what would become the only goal of the night, as Scott McGillivray fed Kevin Durr as part of a give-and-go, and Durr slid a shot inside the far post for his third tally of the season. Seattle U threatened to tie the match late in the first half, but a shot by Marshall Kosaka (Burien, Wash.) was blocked and Hamza Haddadi's (Shoreline, Wash.) scoring chance sailed wide.
Air Force peppered the Seattle U net with shots in the first five minutes of the second half, but Haworth was able to make saves on scoring opportunities from Matt Payne, Alex Frazier, and Conor Henry in the span of one minute. The Falcons continued to control the play and almost extended their lead midway through the second half, but a shot by McGillivray hit the crossbar.
Seattle U did not get a shot off in the second half until there was less than 16 minutes left on the clock as Air Force outshot the Redhawks in the second half, 12-3. However, the Redhawks did earn one solid scoring chance as time was running out, but Devin Thomas's (Puyallup, Wash.) shot with 37 seconds remaining in regulation was turned away by Underwood.
Haworth finished the match with six saves, while Underwood earned the shutout while making two saves. Kosaka and Race Sciabica (Bellevue, Wash.) led the Redhawks with two shots apiece, and Patrick Compton was credited with four total shots for the Falcons.
Seattle University (2-10-1, 0-5-1 MPSF) will conclude the weekend road trip with a match at the University of Denver Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at 2:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time).