Seattle University stuck with the University of Denver throughout the afternoon, but a goal midway through the second half allowed the Pioneers to come away with a 1-0 victory over the Redhawks Sunday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer match at CIBER Field.
The Redhawk defense was challenged immediately in the second half, as Malcolm Harris sent a shot on net two minutes after halftime that was stopped by Seattle U goalie Jake Feener (Rocklin, Calif.). The Pioneers drew two corner kicks in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but both header shots sailed off target, keeping the match scoreless.
Seattle U earned a golden opportunity in the 59th minute when Michael Roberts (Issaquah, Wash.) was able to chip the ball past Pioneer keeper Oliver Brown, but Theodor Remman was able to clear the ball before it crossed the goal line. Denver picked up a couple of scoring chances as the second half moved along, but the Redhawk defense was able to block both opportunities.
The Pioneers broke through in the 71st minute when Zach Bolden sent a pass into the box, and Josh Wren was able to put a shot on net. Feener blocked that shot, but the ball bounced right to Blake Shannon, who sent the rebound into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season.
Wren continued to pressure the Seattle U backline, first getting his head on two separate entry passes, but both header shots sailed wide. He also put two shots on frame, but Feener turned away both opportunities. However, the Redhawks were unable to get any offense going in the final minutes.
Denver (8-4-3, 3-3-1 MPSF) controlled the majority of the possession in the first half, earning six corner kick opportunities in the first 45 minutes. Feener made three saves before halftime, including an acrobatic deflection of a shot from Jordan Schweitzer that seemed destined for the top of the net. Seattle U's best chance came with 17 minutes gone in the match, as a blast from Miguel Gonzalez (Yelm, Wash.) was stopped by Brown.
Feener finished with eight saves in the match, while Brown needed to make only one save in picking up the shutout. Denver outshot Seattle U 23-4, including 17-2 in the second half, led by Bolden with six shots and Wren with five shots. Roberts was the only Seattle U player to earn multiple shots during the match, as he took two shots.
Seattle University (2-11-1, 0-6-1 MPSF) returns home next weekend to take part in two Redhawk soccer doubleheaders, first kicking off the action Friday, Oct. 26, against Houston Baptist beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Championship Field. The Redhawks will then welcome nationally-ranked New Mexico on Senior Day next Sunday, Oct. 28, in a match scheduled to commence at 2:30 p.m.