SEATTLE (Oct. 6) Joe Watson's
second-half goal proved to be the game-winner as Seattle
University won for the first time in 23 years on Seattle Pacific's
home field Saturday night, defeating the Falcons 2-1 in a Great
Northwest Athletic Conference game before a near-capacity crowd at
Watson, who had assisted on the game's first
goal, put the Redhawks (1-0-0, 7-3-0) ahead 2-0 in the 54th minute
on a 12-yard blast from a difficult angle along the right endline.
Seattle U. then withstood a furious SPU (1-1-0, 7-5-0) rally in
the final 11 minutes to achieve their first road win in the series
Brent Egbert came off the bench to pull Seattle
Pacific a goal back in the 80th minute. Egbert (So., Bellingham,
Wa./Sehome) volleyed home his fourth goal of the year off the
crossbar from 12 yards after Erik Skipper (Sr., Hillsboro,
Or./Glencoe) headed Grant Falco's corner kick across the
Falco (Jr., Spokane, Wa./University) nearly
sent the game to overtime but his 18-yard shot was saved at the
near post by Seattle U. keeper Brandon Sewell with 1 minute, 45
seconds left. Falco's assist was his eighth of the year.
The loss was the second straight by the
Falcons, who entered the week ranked 22nnd among NCAA Division II
teams. The Redhawks are No. 15 in NAIA. The two teams meet again
Saturday at Championship Field in a non-conference match.
Watson, who has five goals, set-up Evan McNeley
for an early Seattle U. lead. In the fifth minute, McNeley took
the ball on the run, shrugged off SPU defender Mike Pardini and
beat goalie James Ward (Fr., Saelm, Or./Sprague) from 15 yards to
the left post. Ward was moved by Coach Cliff McCrath up to forward
for the final 21 minutes of the match.
Seattle Pacific managed only two first-half
shots and the Redhawks finished with a 10-8 advantage. Ward made
four saves and Sewell two.
SPU goes on the road for the next four games,
beginning Monday night with a GNAC game at Western Washington.
1, SEA, McNeley (Watson) 4:59;
2, SEA, Watson (Johanson) 53:55;
3, SPU, Egbert (Skipper, G. Falco) 79:14.
Shots--SEA 8, SPU 10.
Saves--SEA (Sewell) 2, SPU (Ward 4/Cravalho 0)
Corner kicks--SEA 4, SPU 2.
Fouls--SEA 25, SPU 15.
Offside--SEA 1, SPU 1.
Cautions--Leinbach, SPU, 33:42; Besagno, SEA,
39:02; B. Schefter, SPU, 60:59; M. Schefter, SPU, 62:29; Thurber,