SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Seattle University men’s soccer dropped a 1-0 contest at UC Santa Barbara Thursday night. The physical match featured 34 fouls and five cards at Harder Stadium.
"We started sluggish and we got punished for it," said Coach Pete Fewing. "We played better in the second half, but you can't play a schedule like we have and expect it to be easy. We learned some lessons tonight and we'll keep going at it."
The hosts controlled much of the first half, as SU (2-3-2) played on its heels early in the match. In the 25th minute, UCSB found a go-ahead goal after a Redhawk turnover. Seattle U earned five corner kicks in the half, but came up empty. Cody Buchanan fired a shot on goal as the frame ended, but the Gaucho goalkeeper was there to keep it a 1-0 margin after 45 minutes.
In the second half, the Redhawks were able to garner possession and return to its preferred pressuring format. However, a red card given to Nkosi Burgess put SU a man down in the 56th minute. Seattle U continued to battle, testing the home side’s defense throughout the second half.
Akili Kasim came up with a key save in the 80th minute, turning away a strong UCSB shot to keep it a one-goal difference. Thomas Mickoski hustled back to make a play on a Gaucho breakaway as the Redhawks worked to stay close. The hosts held on, though, escaping with the decision.
Both teams tried eight shots on the night, while the Redhawks held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
On Monday, Sept. 23, the Redhawks head to Cal Poly for its final non-conference match of the season. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.