Men's Soccer Falls In WAC Opener

Oct. 5, 2013

San Jose, Calif. – The Seattle University Redhawks scored two goals in the first half and two more in the second to defeat the San José State men’s soccer team in each side’s Western Athletic Conference opener on Saturday night.

The win improves the Redhawks record to 2-7-1, 1-0-0 in WAC play. The Spartans fall to 0-7-2, 0-1-0.

Seattle outshot San José State 9-to-5 in the first half, but the Spartans had the better of the play in the first 20 minutes.  They took the game to the Redhawks, but were not able to generate any dangerous scoring opportunities.

In the 23rd minute Seattle struck on the counterattack.  Miguel Gonzalez, the WAC’s leading scorer, scored the first of two goals on the night.  He broke behind the defense, took a long throughball, and beat keeper Emmanuel Espinosa high to the far post for a 1-0 Redhawk lead.

Just over three minutes later, Brady Ballew got behind the defense, and from inside the box shot the ball under Espinosa for a 2-0 advantage.

In the 74th minute Hamza Haddadi picked up his first goal of the year.  On the counterattack, he broke in alone, juked Espinosa and shot the ball into the open net.

Seattle got its final goal a minute later on a penalty kick for the 4-0 final result.

The Redhawks finished with a 19-to-16 advantage in shots.  Jake Feener, Seattle’s keeper, made 8 saves in the win.  Espinosa made 4 saves for San José State.
 
The Spartans continue conference play next Friday, October, 11, when they host CSU Bakersfield.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.