PHOENIX – Seattle University men’s soccer won, 1-0, at Grand Canyon on Sunday night. Cody Buchanan scored in the 62nd minute and Akili Kasim logged his seventh shutout of the year in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at GCU Stadium.
"I love that we bounced back after Friday," said Coach Pete Fewing. "I was pleased on both ends of the field. Cody scored a great goal and then we were able to dictate play against a good team."
In the first half, the offenses found space early, with SU (7-3-3, 4-0-1 WAC) putting three shots on goal in short order. Akili Kasim made his first save of the night soon after, as the teams settled in and the defenses controlled the action. The Redhawks held an 8-6 advantage in shots at halftime, as neither side could find a go-ahead goal.
The teams went in search of a score in the second half, but through the 60-minute mark, it remained scoreless. SU earned a free kick that nearly proved fruitful, but GCU knocked the ball away from danger. Nkosi Burgess collected the loose ball and found Burke Fahling, who juked his way toward the center of the box. Fahling dished to Hal Uderitz, who slotted a pass through the right side, where Buchanan turned and fired a shot that deflected off the GCU keeper and into the net for a 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute.
The Redhawk defense stood tall from there, forcing the hosts to chase as time wore on. Kasim and the backline answered all questions down the stretch as SU stayed unbeaten in conference play.
Seattle U heads to CSU Bakersfield for another WAC match on Saturday, Oct. 19.