ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – No. 22 Seattle University men’s soccer dropped the 2018 opener, 4-2, at New Mexico Friday night. Julian Avila-Good and Cody Gibson both scored for the Redhawks at UNM Soccer Complex.
“I give New Mexico all the credit,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “We scored two nice goals and created some good chances. I was pleased with our effort as we tried to come back, but we can’t allow four goals on the road and expect to win.”
SU controlled possession for the majority of the night, but the Lobos took advantage of their limited chances, cashing in to hold the lead throughout. The Redhawks pressured the UNM defense, using set pieces to create opportunities early, but the visitors came away empty.
The hosts struck first in the 25th minute. SU was assessed a red card following the goal, forcing it to play a man down for the remainder of the contest. The Lobos grabbed a 2-0 lead a few minutes later, but a Gabriel Ruiz corner kick proved fruitful late in the 36th minute. His strong ball headed to the back side of the box, where Avila-Good put a solid header into the net to slice the margin.
New Mexico scored early in the second half to regain control, but Seattle U continued to work, and solid play from Orlando Neto resulted in a score. Neto’s corner kick came back to the senior, where he dribbled toward the box and blasted a shot that rang the crossbar. Gibson was on the scene and headed a shot over the UNM goalkeeper and into the net for a goal in the 74th minute.
SU looked for an equalizer, but instead, the Lobos answered with insurance to secure the outcome.
The Redhawks held a 16-12 advantage in shots. Josh Adachi made three saves in goal.
SU hosts Cal Poly in the 2018 home opener next Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Championship Field.