“Washington was better from front to back; they moved the ball quickly, they were aggressive, they were strong defensively and were dynamic,” said head coach Pete Fewing. “They have a lot of weapons and it’s hard to contain their weapons. So we have to go back to the drawing board. There’s a reason they’re ranked like they are and went to the Elite Eight last year. This was a good measuring stick, but kudos to the Huskies.”
The Redhawks’ first early opportunity to score came just a minute and 17 seconds in on a corner kick by Ian Hines-Ike (Littleton, Colo.), saved by Husky goalkeeper Ryan Herman.
Washington would begin to control the ball, earning four straight corner kicks over the next ten minutes, but not able to convert on four shots as Shane Haworth (Puyallup, Wash.) earned a save and the match remained scoreless.
Four seconds into the 27th minute, Haworth made a key save, stopping a seemingly sure goal by Darwin Jones, but less than a minute later, Cristian Roldan would score first on a header to put the Huskies up 1-0 on an assist by James Moberg off a corner kick.
Haworth with three saves in the first half, and Brady Ballew (Marysville, Wash.) adding a goal, the Redhawks trailed at halftime, 1-0.
Seattle U controlled possession early in the second half, keeping the ball on the opposing half of the field for all but two UW shots in the opening five minutes.
Hines-Ike contributed to near scoring opportunities for SU on a pair of free kicks, the second of which resulted from a Moberg yellow card in the 55th minute, and John Mau (Delafield, Wisc.) nearly headed the ball into the net, as it flew high.
Moberg added a goal of his own, assisted by Henry Wingo with a cross from the right corner to put Washington ahead, 2-0 in the 60th minute. Just over a minute later, UW would take a 3-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Josh Heard.
Jones’ fifth shot proved to be deadly, as he put Washington ahead, 4-0, on a cross by Andy Thoma in the 68th minute.
“Ibra looked very comfortable out there,” Fewing added. “It was his first time really playing, and he showed he was capable physically, athletically. He’s strong and not afraid to take a hit, so I thought he did really well for a freshman for sure.”
One of several key saves, Haworth stopped Jones’ shot in the 83rd minute as they two went one-on-one.
SU earned back-to-back corner kicks in the 86th minute, but could not get a shot off from either, as the ball became tangled up near the box and sailed out of bounds on both attempts.
Haworth would come up with another big save in the 88th minute, but the Huskies came away with the 4-1 win.
Ballew led the Redhawks with three shots while Haworth recorded six saves to Herman’s one.
Seattle U hosts UPenn (Sept. 12) and UConn (Sept. 14) in their home opening weekend, a special celebratory weekend for the program as they recognize the 2004 Division II National Championship Team. During the weekend’s festivities, 1997 NAIA National Player of the Year Tom Hardy and 2004 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year Bobby McAlister’s jerseys will be retired.
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