Sophomore Wesley Van Hooser (Lake Stevens, Wash.) took advantage of a beautiful pass from Andrew Kreiter (Billings, Mont.), tapping the ball into the net three and a half minutes into the second overtime period to give the Seattle University men’s soccer team a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls Saturday night at FAU Field.
Kreiter’s pass came from the right side of the field into the box, where Van Hooser was waiting. With Owl goalie Phillip Lamarre’s attention on Kreiter, Van Hooser was able to slip his shot into the net to end the match and give Seattle University its fifth victory over a Division I opponent so far this season.
Seattle University jumped on the board first when, in the 18th minute, Sean Morris (Bothell, Wash.) sent a pass to Kyle Peterman (Boise, Idaho), who blasted a shot from outside the box past Lamarre for his second goal of the season. Florida Atlantic took control of the action after that, forcing Redhawk goalie Jordan Jennings (Tacoma, Wash.) to make two saves in the first half.
For the second straight night, Seattle University was called for a foul within its own box, giving the opposition a penalty kick chance. In the 43rd minute, Gianni Piccoletti converted on the opportunity to tie the match heading into halftime, 1-1. Piccoletti had three chances to give the Owls the lead late in the second half, but all three of his shots were just off the mark, including one that hit the post.
The iron around the net helped the Redhawks late in the first overtime period, as Darnell King’s shot with less than two minutes remaining in the period hit the crossbar. Florida Atlantic (2-4) lost the match despite outshooting Seattle University, 14-8, earning seven corner kick opportunities versus two for the Redhawks, and showing its offensive aggressiveness by being called for offside four times.
For the Owls, Liam Ogle led all players with five shots, while Piccoletti had four in the match. Van Hooser led Seattle University with three shots, while Peterman took two shots during the evening. Jennings was credited with two saves and remains unbeaten at 3-0, and Lamarre was credited with one save for Florida Atlantic.
Seattle University (5-1) heads to California next weekend, first to face Concordia University, the NAIA runner-up last season, in Irvine, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 3 p.m. The Redhawks will then head to San Jose, Calif., to face San Jose State on Sunday, Sept. 21, starting at 2:30 p.m. The next home match for Seattle University is Saturday, Oct. 4, against Cal State Bakersfield beginning at 12 noon at Championship Field.