In its highest scoring match of the season, the Seattle University women’s soccer team scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of action, but needed to hold off a rally by North Dakota State in the second half for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at the Ellig Sports Complex.
Seattle University jumped on the board just over ten minutes into the first half as it dominated play right from the start. On the team’s third corner kick of the match, Kassandra Riozzi’s (Marysville, Wash.) boot found the head of Jamie Coe (Duvall, Wash.), who directed it into the net for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Just over four minutes later, Jordan Salisbury (Federal Way, Wash.) sent a long cross into the box from the right side of the field, and Riozzi used her head to send the shot in for her third goal of the season. After getting another shot blocked in the 19th minute, Riozzi was able to guide a corner kick directly into the net for her second goal in the match, the first Seattle University player to have a multiple-goal game this season.
North Dakota State (5-9-2) came out of the halftime break with more aggression, immediately taking control of the ball and sending several shots towards the Seattle net. Just over seven minutes into the second half, Quin Ryan chipped a shot from 30 yards out over the head of Redhawk goalie Madison Goverde (Snohomish, Wash.) to put the Bison on the board.
The Bison continued to pressure the Redhawk defense and cut their deficit to one when Lorraine Thompson redirected a pass from Danielle Boldenow into the net in the 65th minute. Seattle University took back possession and earned two solid scoring chances right after the goal, but Maryann Boddy’s (Bellevue, Wash.) shot sailed wide and Megan Fogarty (San Diego, Calif.) hit the post with her attempt in the 68th minute. The home team earned two corner kick chances in the final three minutes of regulation, but the Seattle defense did not allow a shot on either chance.
Goverde finished with two saves in picking up the victory, while Bison goalie Kalani Bertsch had three saves, all in the first half. Seattle University earned 11 shots in the first half but only three after halftime, while North Dakota State was held to one shot in the first half before peppering the net with 11 shots in the second half.
Seattle University (8-3-3) heads to Utah next weekend, facing the Utes of the University of Utah Friday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. local time, followed by a contest against Utah Valley University Monday, Oct. 27, starting at 3 p.m. local time. The Redhawks then return home for a rematch against Cal State Bakersfield on Halloween beginning at 2 p.m. at Championship Field.