SEATTLE – (Oct. 14) No. 18 Seattle University men’s soccer defeated Kansas City, 2-1, Saturday night. Sergio Rivas and Alex Roldan scored to lift the Redhawks to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) victory at Championship Field.
"That was an absolute battle," said Coach Pete Fewing. "It was chippy right from the start. It was a textbook goal from Sergio. He took a touch and showed patience. Alex's goal was terrific as well and we were fortunate to get that one before UMKC scored."
It was a physical contest, featuring 33 fouls, eight yellow cards and a red card. Eventually, SU (10-2-2, 4-0-2 WAC) settled into its preferred style of possession-based play. After pressuring the UMKC defense for much of the first half, the hosts struck. Following a long ball from left to right, Tyler John headed to Rivas, who slammed in a shot from 20 yards out in the 43rd minute.
In the second half, Seattle U slanted the field and began surgically attacking the ‘Roo defense. UMKC (4-6-3, 2-3-0 WAC), playing with 10 players for the entirety of the second frame, remained close until the closing minutes. Stellar Seattle U passing set up a Habib Barry dish to Medo Youssef, who found Roldan ahead of the pack, where he finished underneath the 'Roo goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead at 85:02.
The visitors answered nine seconds later to respond, but SU held off all late challenges for the win.
Seattle U recorded a 21-8 advantage in shots. It leads Division I with 19.9 shots per game.
Fewing has led SU to at least 10 wins in five straight seasons. The Redhawks are one of two unbeatens in WAC play this season.
The Redhawks host Houston Baptist on Sunday, Oct. 22. The WAC match, which marks senior day for SU, is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Championship Field.