BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – James Morris tallied a hat trick as Seattle University men’s soccer won, 3-2, at CSU Bakersfield Saturday night. Morris, a freshman, scored three times in the first half of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at the Main Soccer Field.
With the win, SU (8-3-3) took over first place in the WAC standings with its 5-0-1 mark in league play. It is on a seven-match unbeaten streak.
"I was really pleased with our goals tonight," said Coach Pete Fewing. "Great to see James get a hat trick and Declan and Julian had great passes to set him up. Bakersfield was a handful and I give them credit for making us earn it here."
In the 11th minute, the Redhawks earned a corner kick. Declan McGlynn sent in a ball that was knocked out of bounds to set up a second corner try. McGlynn’s kick found the head of Morris by the near post for a 1-0 advantage.
Less than four minutes later, Julian Avila-Good lobbed a ball to a streaking McGlynn on the left side. McGlynn struck a hard pass into the box, where the ball was redirected and Morris headed in a shot on the far side, making it 2-0 after 14:08 of action.
CSUB scored to half the margin, but Morris wasn’t done. McGlynn’s corner kick went to Avila-Good 25 yards out in the right alley. The senior’s arcing ball came to Morris, who turned a header into the back of the net for a 3-1 lead in the 40th minute.
The hosts scored early in the second half, but Seattle U stood tall as the match wore on. CSUB did well to challenge the SU backline, but the Redhawks maintained their lead and remained unbeaten in WAC action.
Morris is just the third Redhawk to claim a hat trick in Division I program history. McGlynn put up three goals in a win over Kansas City on Oct. 6, while David Olsen accomplished the feat in 2015.
McGlynn is the first SU player to dish out three assists in a game in D1 program history. The sophomore tops the WAC with 19 points (seven goals, five assists) on the season.
The Redhawks return home on Friday night as Air Force visits Championship Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.