SEATTLE - The beginning of the 2019 WAC campaign resulted in victory for Seattle University men’s soccer with a 2-0 win over California Baptist to open up a three-game home stand for the Redhawks.

First-half strikes from WAC-leading goal scorer Noe Meza as well as a tap in from Declan McGlynn proved to be the difference after a technically-sound performance from the home side.

Akili Kasim made four saves on the night and gave the Redhawks their fifth shutout of the year.

Seattle U countered the Lancers counterattacks through a strong defensive shape that snuffed out any space for a CBU attack. The midfield tandem of Hal Uderitz and Julian Avila-Good controlled the tempo of play with concise passing around the park that tired the visitors.

Meza got on the board in the 12th minute from the penalty spot after Jesse Ortiz was hacked in the box. The redshirt junior calmly powered the ball to the lower left to tally his fifth of the season. 

McGlynn doubled the Redhawk lead shortly before halftime six yards from goal. A deflected shot by Burke Fahling rebounded around the crowded box to the feet of the U.S. youth international who made no mistake to send SU up two into the halftime break. 

“Declan was at the right place at the right time,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “He’s got two goals in two games and is getting on a bit of a roll.”

Seattle U continued its possession based style of play into the new half to push away any opportunity of a comeback from the visitors. 

The Redhawks look to carry the momentum forward against Houston Baptist on Oct. 4. Kickoff is set 7 p.m. at Championship Field.