Picture Perfect: Ranked Redhawks fly past Air Force

Picture Perfect: Ranked Redhawks fly past Air Force

Redhawk Hamza Haddadi settles the ball in the air.
Redhawk Hamza Haddadi settles the ball in the air.

SEATTLE, WA—The No. 24 ranked Seattle University men’s soccer (9-2-0, 2-0-0 WAC) team remained tied at halftime with Air Force (3-6-0, 0-2-0 WAC), but were able to push through in the second half as the Redhawks earned a 2-0 shutout in Western Athletic Conference play.

Wilson Tsoi shares 22 match photos at Facebook.com/goalWA

Redhawks get ready for the match.

“We have to give Air Force credit – they are very hard working and disciplined, just what you would expect from an Air Force Academy athletic team,” said head coach Pete Fewing. “They challenged on every ball and were good defensively. In the second half, we moved the ball a little better and were sharper at moving the ball quickly. Shane [Haworth] made a very important save and, if that goes in, it would’ve been an uphill climb. Shane kept us in the game and it was important to get the shutout.”

Michael Roberts (Issaquah, Wash.) built upon offensive success in Friday’s match to score what would be the game-winner in the 50th minute, bending it in from the left side off a cross from Davis Olsen (Auburn, Wash.).

Seattle U goalkeeper Shane Haworth stretches out his 6’4″ frame successfully to defend an Air Force shot-on-goal in the first half of play.
Redhawk Michael Roberts (No. 30) directs the ball just off frame in first half.
Redhawk Kyle Bjornethurn (right) airs in a battle against his Air Force counterpart.
Michael Roberts accelerates up field.

Just under 20 minutes remaining in the second half, Hamza Haddadi (Shoreline, Wash.) re-entered the match, providing an offensive spark with an insurance goal in the 73rd minute off a pass from Roberts.

Air Force’s Cameron Duley had one of the Falcon’s best threats late in the second half, but Redhawk keeper Shane Haworth (Puyallup, Wash.) was able to scoop up the ball prior to the shot in order to preserve the shutout.

In goal, Haworth made one save in goal, recording the team’s fifth shutout of the season. Air Force’s Rob Blair made four saves in 90 minutes of action.

Seattle U’s Sergio Rivas settles the ball in midair.
Michael Roberts delivers the game winner from outside the 18.
Redhawks’ Michael Roberts celebrates the 1-0 lead and eventual game-winner with teammates.
Kyle Bjornethun flies above the competition.
Jonathan Massimino battles it out in the air.

After playing four of their last five within the confines of Championship Field, Seattle U hits the road next weekend at Houston Baptist on Friday, Oct. 9 and UTRGV on Sunday, Oct. 11. The Redhawks return home on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. vs. CSU Bakersfield as part of a doubleheader with the Seattle U women’s soccer team, who plays at 5 p.m.

Stay tuned to GoSattleU.com as well as Facebook (Seattle U Athletics), Twitter (su_athletics; SeattleU_MSO) and Instagram (su_redhawks) for all the latest updates on the nationally ranked Redhawk men’s soccer team.

Anthony Ayala (left) engages Air Force’s Tucker Axhoj (right) in a dogfight.
Air Force GK Rob Blair fails to stop a shot-on-goal by Seattle U Hamza Haddadi that allows Seattle U to go up 2-0 at 72′.
Redhawks celebrate their insurance goal by Hamza Haddadi (right, #11).
Redhawks head coach Pete Fewing briefs his team after a 2-0 home victory.

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