Redhawks win regular season opener over LMU

SEATTLE, WA— ( Noe Meza volleyed in a first-half goal for Seattle University men’s soccer and the Redhawks hung on for a 1-0 shutout of visiting Loyola Marymount University Friday night under the lights at Championship Field.

The win put Seattle U at 1-0-0 on the season, and kept the nation’s longest NCAA Division I men’s soccer active home win streak alive at 17 straight.

The Redhawks dominated throughout, finishing with a 19-4 shot advantage over the Lions (0-1-0). Meza put the Redhawks on the board inside the 29th minute. Sergio Rivas began the play near the top right corner of the box, flicking a through ball up the line to Tyler John. John sent a low cross into the box, which deflected off an LMU defender and on to Meza, who one-touched it into the net.

“One goal wins are great after the game, they’re stressful during the game,” said Head Coach Pete Fewing. “LMU did a really good job of making adjustments. They went to three in the back and that put a lot of pressure on us, but I was pleased that our guys handled that pressure well.

“(Noe) scored a good goal,” Fewing said. “With 19 shots, I’d like to put one more away to close it out, but Josh Adachi came up with a very very big save. Overall, this was a big test and I’m pleased with the guys.”

All four LMU shots came in the second half. But Adachi turned away three on frame. LMU goalkeeper Collin Partee finished with eight saves.

The Redhawks continue their two-game homestand Sunday, hosting New Mexico at 6 p.m. on Championship Field.

(Top photo by Mike Centioli / Seattle U.)

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