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SPU Falcons sweep on Saturday

Russell Rings Up Two Goals in Victory for Falcon Men

SEATTLE – (SPUFalcons.com) Sean Russell scored a goal late in each half on Saturday night – his first two tallies of the season – as Seattle Pacific opened its men’s soccer home schedule by beating Notre Dame de Namur at Interbay Stadium, 2-0.

The Falcons (2-0-1) kept their early-season undefeated record intact heading into Monday’s 7 p.m. contest against Cal State East Bay. That will be SPU’s final tune-up prior to the start of Great Northwest Athletic Conference play next Saturday afternoon at Saint Martin’s.

Seattle Pacific managed just three shots during the opening 45 minutes, but Russell made good on the third of those.

Freshman forward Julian White (Redmond, Wash./Redmond HS) started a counterattack at midfield and took the ball to the penalty area restraining arc. He slotted a pass toward the right side, and senior forward Russell (Seattle/Garfield HS) ran onto it and fired it home from the top right corner of the 6-yard box.

Sean Russell. (SPU file photo)

Sean Russell. (SPU file photo)

Russell speculated that his goal, with just 16 seconds showing on the clock until halftime, had to be demoralizing to the visitors.

“It’s huge. We have the ‘rule of fives’. You don’t want to get scored on in the first five minutes or last five minutes of the half.

“It’s just a huge blow to your morale, the last 16 seconds to get a goal scored on you like that.”

With the Falcons still clinging to that one-goal lead as the second half wound down, sophomore forward Stephan MacDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.) launched another counterattack. He sent the ball into the box, and Russell caught up with it just inside the top left corner and drilled it into the far side of the net with 2:33 remaining in the game.

“Notre Dame is a very good team,” Russell said. “They have a lot of quick guys up front and they were dangerous. But we buried our chances and they didn’t get so lucky.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Cody Lang (Spokane, Wash. / Lewis & Clark HS) made one save on 11 Argonaut shots to notch his second shutout of the season.

Junior forward Bryson Pavel (Boise, Idaho) nearly had two goals for Seattle Pacific, only to see one shot early in first half and another late in the second carom off the crossbar.

Before Russell scored his first goal, sophomore defender Davis Karaica (Snoqualmie, Wash./Mount Si HS) helped preserve what was still a scoreless tie when he hustled toward a wide-open right post to clear away a shot by NDNU’s Hunter LeBlanc with 29:35 left in the first half.

“That was massive,” Russell exclaimed about Karaica’s goal-saving play. “My heart was in my throat there, I was scared for a bit. It was great work by Davis and it really changed the momentum. That really could have put us in the hole.”

NCAA MEN’S SOCCER
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Interbay Stadium / Seattle, Wash.

At Seattle Pacific 2, Notre Dame de Namur 0

Scoring – 1, SPU, Sean Russell (Julian White), 44:44; 2, SPU, Russell (Stephen MacDonald), 87:27.

Shots – NDNU 11, SPU 9.
Saves – NDNU (Jay Tsuruoka) 1, SPU (Cody Lang) 1
Corner kicks – NDNU 6, SPU 7.
Fouls – NDNU 15, SPU 21.
Offsides – NDNU 2, SPU 1.
Cautions – NDNU: Robert Hines. SPU: Garrett Jones.
Ejections – None.
Attendance – 285.

Records
Seattle Pacific 2-0-1
NotreDame de Namur 1-2-0

Next SPU Men’s Game
Cal State East Bay at Seattle Pacific
Monday, Sept. 15, 7:00 p.m.
Interbay Stadium / Seattle, Wash.

Huesers Nets a Pair in SPU Women’s Rout

SEATTLE – Hannah Huesers scored two goals on Saturday, the first of which ignited a first-half outburst of three scores in 12 minutes, as the Seattle Pacific Falcons rolled past Notre Dame de Namur in a non-conference women’s soccer game at Interbay Stadium, 5-0.

The 24th-ranked Falcons completed their preseason schedule with a 2-1-0 record.

Huesers stressed the significance of securing a winning record against non-league foes.

“It was really important because we don’t get a chance to play these teams again. We wanted to come out really strong and finish them off.”

The SPU women begin Great Northwest Athletic Conference play on Thursday with a 7 p.m. game against Simon Fraser at Interbay.

Pacific West Conference member NDNU (2-1-0) took its first loss of the season.

Hannah Huesers. (GNAC file photo)

Hannah Huesers. (GNAC file photo)

Junior midfielder Isabel Farrell (Redmond, Wash. / Interlake HS), sophomore forward Maddie Krauss (Lake Oswego, Ore.), and freshman forward Simone Herzberg (Portland, Ore.) also scored for SPU.

Farrell, who joined the Falcons this season after playing previously at the University of Washington, opened the scoring at the 12:58 mark. Senior midfielder Demi Waitley (Coronado, Calif.) sent a long through ball down the left side. Farrell took it into the penalty area, and, from 10 yards in front of the net and to the left of center, sent a shot into the back right corner.

Farrell has scored twice this season. Both of them have been the opening goal in each of SPU’s first two home games.

Sophomore forward Huesers (Lake Stevens, Wash. / Lake Stevens HS) thought she had a goal midway through the 28th minute, only to see it waved off by an offside call. But three minutes later, Huesers put one in that counted, as she scored unassisted from the top of the 6-yard box at 30:31.

Krauss made it 3-0 two minutes later, scoring from straight in front and just outside the 6-yard box after taking a through ball from junior midfielder Laura Moore (Kent, Wash. / Kentwood HS). That was her first goal of the season.

Herzberg, with her first, expanded the lead to 4-0 just 21Ž2 minutes away from halftime. Huesers made it 5-0 at 55:31 with her third of the season and ninth of her career.

In 14 games last season, Hueser compiled six goals to rank second among SPU scorers. She already has three in the first three outings of 2014.

Huesers clearly enjoys finding the back of the net.

“I’m just going out to play my best and have fun with it. It’s really fun.”

Seattle Pacific easily outshot Notre Dame de Namur, 26-9.

Freshman goalkeeper Molly Stinson (Woodinville, Wash. / Woodinville HS), making her college debut, was credited with two saves in 82 shutout minutes before giving way to Laura Shdo (Kenmore, Wash./Inglemoor HS).

Stinson was filling in for incumbent starter Alexa Hughes, a senior netminder who missed the game due to a wedding.

“Molly Stinson came in and she did really well,” Huesers said. “She came in really confident and ready to win the ball. She just helped our team a lot.”

The Falcons have won eight straight against the Argonauts by a combined score of 26-2. Their only loss in the series was 1-0 in overtime during SPU’s inaugural 2001 season.

NCAA WOMEN’S SOCCER
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Interbay Stadium / Seattle, Wash.

(#24) Seattle Pacific 5, Notre Dame de Namur 0

Scoring – 1, SPU, Isabel Farrell (Demi Waitley), 12:58; 2, SPU, Hannah Huesers (unassisted), 30:31; 3, SPU, Maddie Krauss (Laura Moore), 32:32; 4, SPU, Simone Hezberg (Krauss, Ali Martin), 42:32; 5, SPU, Huesers (Moore), 55:31.

Shots – NDNU 9, SPU 26.
Saves – NDNU 6 (Abigail Cabrero 3, Kelsee Berryman 3) , SPU 2 ( Molly Stinson, Laura Shdo).
Corner kicks – NDNU 0, SPU 8.
Fouls – NDNU 7, SPU 9.
Offsides – NDNU 3, SPU 2.

Records
Seattle Pacific 2-1-0
Notre Dame de Namur 2-1-0

Next SPU Women’s Game
Simon Fraser at Seattle Pacific
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:00 p.m.
Interbay Stadium / Seattle, Wash.

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