SEATTLE – (Sept. 29) No. 20 Seattle University men’s soccer opened Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play in style, beating CSU Bakersfield, 4-0, Friday night. Sergio Rivas scored two goals in the victory at Championship Field.
"I like the shots, I like the shutout, and I like the variety of goals," said Coach Pete Fewing. "That's what we need to do to teams when we get 22 chances. I was pleased to be able to get 22 guys on the field, too."
Seattle U got back to its controlling style Friday, dominating possession for the majority of the match. SU earned a throw-in on the right side nearly 15 minutes into the contest. Nathan Aune’s toss bounced twice in the penalty box and Rivas was there for a one-touch shot into the back of the net. The Redhawks continued to wrack up shots as the half went on, but the visitors kept a one-goal deficit entering halftime.
In the second half, SU went to work and came away with a strong statement to begin conference play. Less than three minutes into the second frame, Alex Roldan pushed ahead on the left side and found Habib Barry, who tapped a pass right to Quinn Fahling. Fahling finished for his first collegiate goal at 47:42.
Seattle U pressured CSUB, breaking down the ‘Runner defense. At 58:32, Fahling made a run down the right side and found Rivas on the move. The junior converted for his second score of the night, giving SU a 3-0 margin.
A few minutes later, Josh Greene blasted a ball into the top of the box, where a CSUB defender deflected it, with the ball coming to Orlando Neto. Neto shot and scored at 63:26, capping the evening’s ledger.
The Redhawks held a 22-1 advantage in shots and claimed a 4-1 lead in corner kick tries. SU leads the nation in shots per game this season.
The Redhawks wrap up their five-game home stand on Sunday, Oct. 1, as San Jose State visits Championship Field. The WAC contest is set for a 1 p.m. start.