September 28, 2013, Seattle, WA – Seattle University men’s soccer (1-7-1) battled back with a late goal but could not even the score as they fell, 2-1, at Gonzaga (5-2-0), in their second to final non-conference competition of the season.
“I’m proud of the way the guys played and I thought we battled,” said head coach Pete Fewing. “Gonzaga is a good team and I give them credit for the win. We started a comeback – Michael Roberts had a great goal, and we had a chance in the last seconds of the game to tie it up, but didn’t quite get to the ball. We’re young, learning, and improving.”
The two teams played to a scoreless tie through halftime despite early scoring opportunities for the Redhawks. In the 3rd minute, Hamza Haddadi (Shoreline, Wash.) went one-on-one with the Gonzaga goalie with a saved shot and seconds later Ian Hines-Ike (Littleton, Colo.) sailed the ball at the goal once more. Later in the half, Haddadi and Hines-Ike each added a shot apiece, both of which sailed high above the goal.
Following halftime, Gonzaga broke through in the 55th minute as Jakob Granlund scored what would be the winning goal on an assist by Nick Hamer.
In the 68th minute, Clark Phillips increased the Bulldog lead, 2-0, tapping the ball into an open right side net. Lars Ludwigs was credited with the assist.
In the 78th minute, Michael Roberts (Issaquah, Wash.) narrowed the score, 2-1 dribbling down the left side and taking the shot from 12 yards out towards the left post. Renato Bandeira (Sammamish, Wash.) earned the assist on Robert’s third goal of the season. Despite the late goal, Seattle U fell 2-1 at Gonzaga.
Haddadi led SU with three shots, two on goal while Hines-Ike added two goals for the Redhawks. Overall, the Zags outshot the Redhawks, 26-8.
In goal, Jake Feener (Rocklin, Calif.) made nine saves in the complete game for Seattle U while Ryan Caballero made three saves in the win for Gonzaga.
Seattle U has a full week until their next competition, traveling to San Jose State for their Western Athletic Conference opener at 7 p.m.