Seattle University Women’s Soccer Ties Portland State In Home Opener
Courtesy: Seattle University

The Seattle University women’s soccer team controlled the action in the first half and took an early lead, but Portland State fought back to tie the match, and that is how Sunday’s contest between the Redhawks and the Vikings ended, a 1-1 tie in front of a capacity crowd at Championship Field.


In the 22nd minute, Maryann Boddy (Bellevue, Wash.) found some clear space in front of the net and sent a shot on goal that was deflected away by Viking goalie Cris Lewis. Streaking towards the left post, Kara Kuttler (Redmond, Wash.) collected the rebound and sent it into the net for her first goal of the season.


Portland State (1-8-1) had one shot in the first half, a long-distance attempt by Kat Robertson that sailed wide of an open net after a collision between several players at the top of the box fighting for the ball. The Vikings improved their offensive pressure in the second half, eventually tying the match in the 68th minute when Dolly Enneking emerged from a scramble in front of the goal and chipped the ball into the lower left corner of the net for her team-leading third goal of the season.


Midway through the first overtime period, Seattle University had its best chance at ending the match, as Kuttler sent a shot on net that was stopped by Lewis, who finished with nine saves during the afternoon. Portland State seemingly won the match with four and a half minutes remaining in the second overtime, but the Vikings were called for their eighth offside violation of the match, nullifying a goal by Iman Bearde.


Madison Goverde (Snohomish, Wash.) picked up two saves in the match. Seattle University outshot Portland State, 16-8, and earned 13 corner kick opportunities during the match, while the Vikings had only two corner kick opportunities. Kuttler led all players with six total shots, including four shots on goal, while Nathalie Wollmann led Portland State with three shots in the match.


Seattle University (3-2-3) goes back on the road next weekend, traveling to face Fresno State Friday, Sept. 26, beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a match at Cal State Bakersfield Sunday, Sept. 28, starting at 12 noon. The Redhawks return home Sunday, Oct. 5, for a contest against Eastern Washington beginning at 1 p.m. at Championship Field.