Picture Perfect: Redhawks enjoy Sunday sweep in Seattle

Picture Perfect: Redhawks enjoy Sunday sweep in Seattle

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Taylor Ritzman lofts a shot into the Utah Valley net to bring Seattle level early in the second half. (Dale Garvey)

SEATTLE, WA—The Seattle University Redhawks Women and Men played and won home matches on Sunday September 28 at Championship Field. The Women topped Utah Valley 2-1 while the Men edged Gonzaga 1-0.

Dale Garvey stayed for both matches and shares 50 photos in this gallery.

Seattle University women’s soccer (5-3-1, 1-0-0 WAC) trailed at half but two second half goals would propel the Redhawks over Utah Valley (5-4-2, 0-1-0 WAC), 2-1, in their Western Athletic Conference opener.

“We knew Utah Valley would be one of the best teams in the conference,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “I was proud of our response after halftime and our adjustments. At this point and time in the season, you need people like Stephanie Spiekerman, who came in and scored the game-winner. I think that’s the sign of a good team, to not play great and get the result and overall I’m pleased.”

In the 40th minute, the Wolverines’ Sheridan Fox scored her first goal of the season on a long shot from the right side to just inside the left side of the goal. The goal, assisted by Sara Ranck, put UVU ahead, 1-0, going into halftime.

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#26 Stephanie Spiekerman scores the winner for Seattle in the 78th minute. (Dale Garvey)
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#26 Stephanie Spiekerman scores the winner for Seattle in the 78th minute. (Dale Garvey)

Taylor Ritzman (Holladay, Utah), on an assist by Madeline Racine (Sammamish, Wash.), would even the score in the 47th minute, 1-1, just after halftime.

Coming off the bench to start the second half, Stephanie Spiekerman (Seattle, Wash.) scored her first career goal on an assist by Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah), which would prove to be the game-winner.

Seattle U had their first good chance to score in the opening three minutes of play when Verdoia was pulled down just outside the box. Kelly Beck (Tacoma, Wash.) took the resulting free kick, sailing it to Julia Moravec(Spokane, Wash.) for the shot, but it sailed just wide of the net.

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Verdoia had another good chance in the 19th minute, taking the ball nearly halfway down the field, but the ball was saved by Utah Valley keeper Jessica Duffin.

The Redhawks led in shots,17-10, while Verdoia led with a team high six shots, three on goal.

In goal, Duffin made four saves while Brianna Smallidge (Port Orchard, Wash.) also made four in the win.

The Redhawks hit the road to face Grand Canyon on Friday, Oct. 3 and Bakersfield on Sunday, Oct. 5 before returning home the following weekend for a pair of doubleheaders with the Seattle U men’s team.

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Seattle University men’s soccer (5-3-0) went into halftime with a scoreless tie versus Gonzaga (1-7-0) but Jonathan Massimino (San Ramon, Calif.) entered in the second half to score the game-winner as SU defeated GU, 1-0.

“This is progress – we lost to both these teams [Gonzaga and Oregon State] last year and it was a tough battle on Friday as well,” said head coach Pete Fewing. “One of the things I like is that we got two 1-0 wins, two shutouts. I’d like for us to get another goal, but to win 1-0 is tough, so I’m proud and happy for our guys.”

Less than two minutes after entering the match, Massimino brought a spark to the Seattle U lineup and scored his first goal of the season. The goal, which would prove to be the game-winner came on a pair of assists by Jeff Rose (Carmichael, Calif.) and Agustin Andrade III (Ojai, Calif.).

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Ian Hines-Ike (Littleton, Colo.) took the first shot of the game just a minute in, adding three total in the first half alone as the teams remained in a scoreless tie at halftime.

Gonzaga’s Sam Olson would have one of the Bulldogs’ best chances in the 55th minute, but Shane Haworth(Puyallup, Wash.) came up with one of seven big saves.

The Bulldogs outshot the Redhawks, 14-11, while seven different Redhawks contributed to the shot total.

“It was good for Jonathan Massimino to come right in and score,” Fewing continued. “We saw that there was a gap and him, being a leftie, could sneak inside so he did exactly what we asked him to do. Ben Willis, the Gonzaga goalkeeper, got his first start today and he was fantastic. To get past him today was tough, he made some good saves today in traffic, but Jonathan had a terrific goal.”

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In goal, Ben Willis made his first career start for Gonzaga, making two saves, while Haworth made seven saves, earning his second shutout on the weekend.

Seattle U men’s soccer hits the road to open their Western Athletic Conference schedule at Utah Valley on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. PT. They will return home for their WAC home opener on Friday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. in a doubleheader with the Seattle U women’s team who host Grand Canyon that evening at 7:30 p.m.

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