SEATTLE – Jessie Ray scored two goals and assisted on another to lift Seattle University women’s soccer to a 3-0 win over Eastern Washington Monday afternoon. The Redhawks earned their first win of 2018 in the home opener at hazy Championship Field.
"I was impressed with our competitiveness today," said Coach Julie Woodward. "With all of the uncertainty about the game this weekend, we came through and got a good win."
The game was initially scheduled to be played at Cheney on Sunday, but air quality issues pushed the game back a day and to SU. Facing the two-time defending Big Sky champions, Seattle U worked its way into the game in the first half. The visitors controlled play early, but a Ray attack swung the momentum. The junior dribbled ahead, juked her defender to create space and then lined a shot across the net to give her side a 1-0 advantage in the 15th minute.
In the second half, Ray gave SU breathing room quickly. Curry punted a ball ahead and an Eagle defender headed the ball toward the EWU goal. Ray beat her defender to the ball, sprinted forward and drilled a shot over the goalkeeper’s head for a 2-0 lead in the 51st minute.
The teams battled back and forth from there, with each team putting shots on goal. Curry made another save and then Ariana Romero came on in relief in the 64th minute. The freshman made a stop a few minutes later, keeping the Eagles off the board.
In the 80th minute, Ray sent in a corner kick. The ball came screaming into the box, where Emily Bringgold redirected it with a header into the back of the net for an exclamation point on the day.
Ray has scored three goals in the season’s first two outings. The Redhawk defense has a 298:41 scoreless streak at Championship Field, dating back to last season.
Seattle U hosts Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Championship Field.