SEATTLE – Seattle University men’s soccer played to a scoreless draw with No. 12 Denver Monday night at Championship Field. Akili Kasim made a key save in overtime to highlight his second straight shutout to begin the 2019 season.
"That was good college soccer tonight," said Coach Pete Fewing. "High energy game against a good team. That makes two shutouts to start the season. Obviously, we'd like to put one of our chances away, but both teams had chances tonight."
Denver looked to establish a physical tone early in the contest, but SU (1-0-1) stood strong and competed well for 50-50 balls. The Redhawks worked to move the ball around their offensive third and attempted eight shots, including a threatening header chance by Hal Uderitz. A crossing try came to Alex Acton-Petronotis, where the sophomore tried a highlight-reel bicycle kick. The shot went on net, but the Denver goalkeeper was able to stop the try.
SU continued to maintain possession in the second half, keeping DU on its heels across the back line. As the half wore on and the drama grew, the hosts pushed forward, but Denver held on to force extra time.
Kasim made a terrific save midway through the first OT, diving to his left on a hard shot from the top of the box to preserve the tie through 100 minutes.
SU held a 24-12 advantage in shots, along with a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.
The game marked the first 0-0 game played at Championship Field since September 30, 2012, when Seattle U tied San Jose State.
Seattle U heads to Notre Dame for two big matches this weekend, as it will take on No. 9 Notre Dame and second-ranked Indiana in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament.