SEATTLE – (August 13) A hazy evening at Championship Field was capped off with a 1-0 win for Seattle University men’s soccer against the visiting University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in what was both teams’ first exhibition match of the season. The Redhawks’ goal came from a composed shot from redshirt sophomore Noe Meza in the first period of overtime.
Sammamish native junior Harrison Kurtz started up top for Seattle U and proved to be a valuable asset in the Redhawk offense, using his technical ability and strong left and right foot to cause problems for the Thunderbirds defense on set pieces.
The Redhawks had the lion’s share of possession in the first half, spreading the ball around the field quickly and efficiently. However neither side could break the deadlock going into the half.
Coming out of halftime, both UBC and Seattle U came out with new starting elevens. Coach Pete Fewing’s coaching mentality of aggressive defense and smart passing around the park was evident in the new Redhawk eleven, specifically showcased in redshirt junior Cody Gibson’s high-pressing of the UBC back four.
Meza’s goal came in the 96th minute from a deflected cross from redshirt junior Kees Westra, where Meza took a touch off his chest and slotted the ball to UBC’s lower right corner of the net.
““It was a good cross from Kees and good composure from Noe to finish in the box”, said Fewing.
Fewing was pleased, but knows there’s work to be done going forward.
“I thought we played a lot better in the second half. Our team worked much harder and earned better opportunities. We’ll keep working to get better for Saturday.”
Seattle U’s next match is free admission to the public in another exhibition against the University of Portland at Championship Field. Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm.