Men’s Soccer WAC Record Takes a Hit

Jessie Koon  •  The Spectator
Jessie Koon • The Spectator

Number 23, Alex Roldan, is a freshman at Seattle University this year.

The Redhawks WAC record record fell to 0-1-1 after a 3-1 loss on Friday night to University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

“We were not sharp in the beginning and came out sluggish,” Fewsing said.

After two great performances that saw Seattle University regain a top 25 national ranking after beating Oregon State and Gonzaga, the men’s soccer team lacked the dominance at home that they had held two weeks prior.

The Rebel’s strong physical presence allowed them to win the majority of knockdowns and headed balls, which let the visitors impose themselves in the match early on.

UNLV tested Seattle U goalkeeper Shane Haworth within the first three minutes and took the lead from a set piece not long after. After a foul near midfield, Julian Portugal’s free kick found Danny Musovski, who headed past Haworth at the far post. Seattle U’s Brady Ballew was quick to respond with two chances of his own each a minute apart, first firing just wide after a strong run, and next finding himself one-on-one with the Rebels’ keeper, only to be flagged for offsides. However the Rebel’s persistence paid off once again when they were gifted a deflected goal in the 31st minute, via strong play in the midfield from Irvin Somera and Portugal. The Redhawks were pushed back on their heels for the majority of the first half, and were unable to bring their forwards and wide players into the game due to UNLV’s strong aerial presence.

Musovski added his second goal of the game just two minutes later with a darting run and cheeky finish back across Haworth’s goal. Seattle U was able to bring the score back to 3-1 two minutes before halftime through Alex Roldan, who scored his second goal of the season off a nice free kick from Kyle Bjornethun. In the second half Seattle U did a better job of getting back on the front foot and pushing to level the score line, but UNLV was content to defend their two-goal lead. Race Sciabica was unfortunate to hit the cross bar in the 68th minute with a wonderful curling effort, and the inclusion of Sam Langston at left back allowed the Redhawks to be more of a threat going forward.

Fewing knows his squad can regain their prowess that they have shown so far this season, and get back to winning ways.

“We have to start games better. When you let a good team (like UNLV) get three goals you’re going to have a tough time getting back in the game,” he said. “That’s college soccer.”
Seattle U hosts their next two conference games at Championship Field first against Grand Canyon on Oct. 13, followed by Utah Valley on Oct. 18.

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