The Seattle University women’s soccer team scored a goal late in the second half in a comeback attempt, but was unable to overcome a two-goal deficit, as the Utah State Aggies defeated the Redhawks, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.
The first half did not produce any goals, but both teams had their chances. In the seventh minute, off a corner kick, Madison Collins (Boise, Idaho) sent a header towards the net that Utah State goalie Ali Griffin was unable to control, but her teammates were able to keep the ball out of the goal. The Aggies took six shots before halftime, but none of them were on goal.
The game remained scoreless until the 70th minute, when Utah State (1-1) earned a penalty kick opportunity and Lindsey Smart converted on the chance to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead. Seattle University threatened twice to tie the match in the next five minutes, but shots by Jamie Coe (Duvall, Wash.) and Collins were turned away by Griffin.
Griffin made another save on a shot by Kassandra Riozzi (Marysville, Wash.) in the 82nd minute, and then contributed to Utah State’s second goal with five minutes remaining in regulation, as her long pass found Shantel Flanary, whose shot from 12 yards out reached the back of the net.
Off a pass from Taylor Fannin (Yakima, Wash.), Coe cut the Aggie lead in half with 2:22 remaining in regulation, chipping a shot over Griffin’s head into the net for her second goal in as many matches. However, the Redhawks could not mount any more offense in the final two minutes of the match, suffering their first loss of the season.
Utah State outshot Seattle University, 14-11, but the Redhawks earned four corner kicks while the Aggies had only two corner kick opportunities. Seattle University goalie Madison Goverde (Snohomish, Wash.) was credited with three saves, while Griffin finished the match with four saves along with the assist on the game-winning goal.
Seattle University (1-1) will head to the northern part of California next weekend, facing Sacramento State Friday, Aug. 29, at 2:30 p.m., followed by a match at San Jose State Sunday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available for both matches through the home schools’ athletics websites.