SAN JOSE, Calif. – Noe Meza of Seattle University men’s soccer scored in the final minute of regulation to lift the Redhawks to a 2-1 win at San Jose State on Friday night. SU (13-6-0, 7-4-0 WAC) closes the regular season on a three-game winning streak heading into next week’s Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament.
“I was really impressed with San Jose State,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “That was a tough win. I’m proud of our guys for sticking with it and pulling it out late.”
SJSU tied the game midway through the second half, setting up the dramatic finish. Both teams worked to find a go-ahead goal, but it came down to the 90th minute. Gabriel Ruiz looked to break down the defense on the left side, but the ball was knocked out to Ivory Randle IV. He quickly sent in a line drive to the right side of play, where Sergio Rivas pounded a header towards goal. Meza was there to knock the ball into the back of the net with 45 seconds left.
In the first half, Seattle U and San Jose State both had opportunities, but the game remained scoreless until the 40th minute. Julian Avila-Good crossed a ball into the box, where Nathan Aune lept and flicked a header over the Spartan goalkeeper for a 1-0 advantage.
The Redhawks will learn their position in the WAC Tournament following Saturday’s results in the conference.