“Jeff scored a great one in the first half and it was very sharp; the keeper had no chance,” said head coach Pete Fewing. “Furman is a very good team and you can’t give them opportunities like we did, and they pounded in the corner kick to tie it. So there are lessons to be learned there. But then we came back and I’m very proud of the effort. It reminded me of last year, we never gave up.”
The Redhawks leading the attack with four shots to Furman’s one in the first 10 minutes of play, Rose broke through as SU took the early 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Rose cut along the top of the 18 yard box, on a pass by Alex Roldan (Pico Rivera, Calif.), and bent the ball just around the Furman keeper and into the net.
Rose tried to add to the Redhawk tally with a pair of shots 10 minutes later, but both shots sailed wide right.
Shots nearly equal in the first half, with the Paladins narrowly leading, 9-8, and three on goal to SU’s two, the Redhawks remained ahead by a one goal margin at half.
Furman opened the second half on offensive attack, with three shots, two blocked and one saved, in the first eight minutes of the half before Cameron Rohani (Cartersville, Ga.) took SU’s first shot of the period in the 56th minute. On the deflection, Ian Hines-Ike (Littleton, Colo.) added a shot of his own.
At the start of the 75th minute, Furman’s Brendan Richardson was able to head the ball into the net, tying the score, 1-1, off Kevin Pahl’s second straight corner kick.
With just over four minutes remaining, in the 86th minute, Rose struck again, scoring the game-winner on a scramble in the box.
As the clock ticked down, with three seconds remaining, the Paladins attempted to tie the score on a similar play to their earlier goal, but were not able to convert on the corner kick as Seattle U picked up their first win of the season.
Rose led the Redhawks with four shots, two on goal, and both goals despite the Paladins outshooting SU, 17-14.
In goal, Shane Haworth (Puyallup, Wash.) made seven saves in the complete game outing while Furman’s Sven Lissek made two.
John Mau (Delafield, Wisc.), Josh Greene (Hamilton, N.Z.), Sam Langston (Sammamish, Wash.) and Roldan earned their first collegiate starts as Redhawks while Agustin Andrade III (Ojai, Calif.) and Nick Prasad (Surrey, B.C.) made their first appearances in red and white.
Seattle U finishes the weekend versus host team College of Charleston on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT. Live stats and video will be available for the match with links on the men’s soccer schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.