SEATTLE, WA – First-half goals from Noe Meza and Hal Uderitz were the difference at Championship Field as Seattle University men’s soccer (10-4-0, 4-2-0 WAC) took a 2-0 decision against CSU Bakersfield (4-8-1, 2-3-1 WAC). The victory marked coach Pete Fewing’s 299th win at the helm of the program.
The Redhawk attack was a nightmare for the Roadrunners from the opening kick. Quick, concise passes from the midfield trident of Uderitz, Julian Avila-Good, and Sergio Rivas to the outside wings allowed for dangerous balls to be whipped in from the wing-backs.
“I’m pleased to get the shutout, pleased to get to 10 wins”, said Fewing. “It’s a WAC game, so it was good to get a home win and a home shutout.”
Just six minutes into the game, Avila-Good found the ball at his feet 60 yards from goal and launched a long-ball over the top to a streaking Meza. Meza shouldered off his man and curled a low, left-footed strike ten yards out to open the scoring for the home side.
Seattle U didn’t take their foot off the gas. The Redhawks knocked the ball around the pitch with ease, taking advantage of space allotted by the visitors and continued to push for their second goal.
In the 38th minute, sophomore Thomas Mickoski was played a through-ball on the right wing. After playing dangerous crosses in all night, Mickoski would connect with the head of Uderitz on the back post who rose above his defender and nodded the ball in to the opposite corner, doubling the lead.
In the second half, the Redhawks persisted in their possession dominance. Counter-attacks sparked from Rivas caused problems for the `Runners in the last 45 minutes of play, which generated a total of 18 shots throughout the match.
After weathering chippy defensive tactics from CSUB in the final ten minutes of play, Seattle U came out on top 2-0 in what would be a crucial win in the final stretch of the WAC regular season.
The Redhawks look to continue their climb up the standings Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Utah Valley.