THE LAST HOMESTAND: Seattle University returns to Championship Field for its final two home matches of the 2012 season. Both matches will take place as part of Redhawk soccer doubleheaders, as the women's soccer team hosts its final matches of the season as well. The men welcome Houston Baptist to the Pacific Northwest Friday, Oct. 26, followed by a Senior Day contest against nationally-ranked New Mexico Sunday, Oct. 28.
LAST WEEKEND: The Redhawks traveled to Colorado last weekend for two matches, but unfortunately could not score any goals as they lost to Air Force and Denver by identical 1-0 counts. Last Friday at Air Force, Seattle U allowed the Falcons to score in the 21st minute, and then Air Force outshot Seattle U in the second half 12-3 to maintain that advantage. Race Sciabica and Marshall Kosaka led the Redhawks with two shots apiece, and Shane Haworth made six saves. Sunday afternoon's match at Denver was scoreless in the first half before the Pioneers finally converted in the 71st minute. Once again, Seattle U struggled offensively, taking only four total shots during the match, two of them by Michael Roberts. Jake Feener started in goal for the Redhawks and made eight saves.
NCAA RANKINGS: Redhawk goalie Jake Feener is third in the country in saves per game, averaging 6.56 saves per match. As a team, Seattle University is third in Division I in saves per game with 6.64.
SENIOR DAY: Sunday is Senior Day, with six student-athlete being recognized by their coaches and teammates for their contributions to the program. Ryan Blair (Albuquerque, N.M.), Troy Bratten (Gresham, Ore.), Tyler Hanson (Federal Way, Wash.), Marshall Kosaka (Burien, Wash.), Bobby Segal (Portland, Ore.), and Devin Thomas (Puyallup, Wash.) will be honored before the contest against New Mexico. Heading into the weekend, Kosaka has appeared in 61 matches, including 48 starts, collecting nine goals and three assists for 21 total points. Blair has started 35 matches and appeared in 49 contests overall, Bratten has seen action in 32 matches over his career, Hanson has played in 24 matches, and Segal has seen action in 23 matches during his collegiate career. Since transferring to Seattle U, Thomas has played in 20 matches, including 14 starts.
SCOUTING HOUSTON BAPTIST: The Huskies enter Friday's match with a 4-7-2 overall record. Houston Baptist is 2-3-2 within the conference, just one point out of the pivotal sixth position needed to qualify for the postseason tournament. The Huskies have a win and a tie over conference leader Air Force and are coming off a 4-1 victory over UNLV. Christian Cruz leads the Huskies with five goals, while Kristopher Tyrpak has contributed four goals and four assists. Kevin Suarez has started the last two matches as the Huskies' goalie, posting a 2.15 GAA and a .629 save percentage this season. Zach Harwerth has played in 10 matches for Houston Baptist, earning a 2.16 GAA and a .610 save percentage. This is believed to be the first meeting all-time between Seattle U and Houston Baptist.
SCOUTING NEW MEXICO: The Lobos come into the weekend with a 12-3-0 overall record. New Mexico is in second place in the MPSF Mountain Division with a 5-2 conference record, and one more win will clinch a spot in the postseason tournament for the Lobos. Devon Sandoval comes into the weekend with 12 goals and five assists for 29 total points. Sandoval is fifth in Division I in total points, sixth in points per game (1.93) and total goals, and eighth in goals per game (0.8). Blake Smith leads the country with 11 assists, and James Rogers has contributed six goals and three assists for 15 total points. Victor Rodriguez has started 13 of the Lobos' 15 matches in goal, posting a 0.63 GAA and a .771 save percentage.
SEATTLE U VS. NEW MEXICO: This will be the fourth meeting all-time between Seattle U and New Mexico, with the Lobos winning the previous three matches. New Mexico shutout Seattle U in Albuquerque in both 2009 (1-0) and 2010 (2-0). Last season, New Mexico came to Seattle ranked fifth in the country and used a goal in the 75th minute to pull out a 2-1 victory. No Seattle U player has scored a goal against New Mexico in the three previous meetings, as the goal credited to the Redhawks in the 51st minute last season was an own goal.