“What a great win for our team,” said head coach Pete Fewing. “We got a shutout and Shane Haworth had an excellent game for us. Both goals by Brady Ballew and the guys played terrific today. We hit the post three times in the second half, so the guys stuck with it and it was a great team win. Now we get ready for Washington on Thursday, a very encouraging way to start the season.”
College of Charleston’s Tucker Coons took the first shot off a corner kick by Erik Clark in the fifth minute, but Ballew would take the first shot that mattered a minute later to put the Redhawks up, 1-0. Hamza Haddadi (Shoreline, Wash.) fed Ballew the ball from center to the left side after a CofC turnover.
Cameron Rohani (Cartersville, Ga.) worked to add to Seattle U’s tally with a pair of shots, but each sailed wide to opposite sides of the frame.
Sebastian Gordillo closed out the first half with back-to-back-to-back shots for the Cougars but the Redhawks remained ahead, 1-0, at half.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Ballew struck again to put Seattle U ahead, 2-0, after the ball fell to him at the penalty spot.
Ian Hines-Ike (Littleton, Colo.) took three straight shots, adding a corner kick, starting in the 57th minute and over the next two following minutes, but one shot hit the crossbar and two on goal were saved by CofC keeper Brian Kilgallon.
The Cougars continued pressing offensively, taking three of the last four shots, all on goal, but Shane Haworth (Puyallup, Wash.) came up with a trio of key saves as Seattle U won, 2-0.
Hines-Ike led Seattle U with four shots, two on goal, while Ballew and Rohani added two shots apiece.
In goal, Haworth played all 90 minutes, making six saves and recording the shutout win while Kilgallon made three saves.
Jeff Rose (Carmichael, Calif.), Hines-Ike, Haworth, and Ballew were named to the All-Tournament Team while Ballew was named Tournament MVP.
The Redhawks return to Seattle for a rematch of last season’s NCAA Tournament Second Round game, facing No. 6 Washington on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Husky Soccer Stadium. The match will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network in Washington and Oregon, with a link on the men’s soccer schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.
The team hosts UPenn (Sept. 12) and UConn (Sept. 14) in their regular season home openers at Championship Field. Stay tuned to GoSeattleU.com for more information regarding the special weekend celebrating the 1997 NAIA National Championship and 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship teams.