Courtesy: Seattle University
The Seattle University men’s soccer team scored three goals within the last 9:03 of the first half and its defense again kept the opposition off the scoreboard as the Redhawks defeated the North Florida Ospreys, 3-0, Monday to win the UC Irvine College Classic at Anteater Stadium.
The scoring started in the 36th minute when Brandon Hamer (Carmichael, Calif.) sent a pass from the middle of the field to Andrew Kreiter (Billings, Mont.) on the left side. Kreiter’s shot went past Osprey goalkeeper Tony Restino to give Seattle University a 1-0 lead.
In the 40th minute, freshman Elliot Richards (Seattle, Wash.) sent a blast from 35 yards out towards the net which eluded Restino and gave the Redhawks a 2-0 advantage. Seattle University kept up the offensive pressure as Kyle Peterman (Boise, Idaho) sent a cross into the box to Ian Walsh (Novato, Calif.), whose volley with 39 seconds remaining in the half found the back of the net.
Seattle University earned eight shots on goal in the first half, as Restino kept North Florida (0-2) in the match with five first-half saves. Jordan Jennings (Tacoma, Wash.) picked up the shutout for Seattle University, needing to make only one save in the second half to post his fourth career shutout.
Kreiter finished the day with five total shots, four of them on goal, while Richards and Walsh each earned two shots on goal during the match. Each team earned four corner kick opportunities during the afternoon.
UC Irvine also defeated North Florida and Cleveland State over the weekend, but Seattle University posted a better goal differential (+4 vs. +2) and earned two shutouts while the Anteaters gave up a goal to Cleveland State Monday afternoon.
Seattle University (2-0) comes back to Seattle to open the home schedule against Chico State Friday, Sept. 5, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Championship Field. The Redhawks will then play six straight matches away from home against schools such as Howard University, Florida Atlantic, and San Jose State.