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On Senior Night, UVU Needs First Win Over Seattle U

The Seattle University men’s soccer team has the number of UVU. The 3-0-2 record against the Wolverines since 2014 proves that. Enter another senior night for UVU where the Wolverines host Seattle. In 2015, UVU hosted Seattle in the regular season finale and the Redhawks came away with a 2-0 win.

Little did both teams know what that match set the stage for a week later. The Wolverines and Redhawks met in the 2015 WAC Championship match and played to a 1-1 draw. Seattle eventually won, 5-4, in shootout fashion in what was a questionable championship outcome. Seattle was awarded a penalty kick 87th minute and converted to tie the match at 1. After playing 20 minutes of extra time, it came down to the shootout. 

Now, although a WAC Championship isn’t on the line, the rivalry renews on Saturday night in the regular season finale, once again. 23rd-ranked Seattle comes in at 11-3-3 overall and 5-1-3 in the WAC standings. The Redhawks are coming off a weekend where they played to a draw at GCU and lost, 2-1, at UNLV. UVU split the weekend as well with a 3-2 win at UNLV and a 2-1 loss at GCU. 

What’s At Stake

For UVU, it is simple: win and you’re in. The Wolverines haven’t lived up to the preseason hype in 2017. UVU struggled through an 8-match winless streak and started WAC play 0-3-1. It has put the Wolverines in a tough spot. The top 7 seven teams in the WAC standings earn a spot in the WAC Tournament. UVU is on the outside looking in right now. At 3-4-2 in the WAC standings, UVU has to beat Seattle for the first time in program history in order to make the tourney. 

With a loss, the season will end for the Wolverines.

If Seattle wins, they will need UNLV to play to a draw against GCU. A UNLV draw and Seattle win gives the Redhawks the 2-seed in the WAC Tournament. If both Seattle and UNLV win, UNLV is the 2-seed as the Rebels beat the Redhawks on Oct. 29. 

Senior Night

It is senior night for seven Wolverines.

Karson Payton and 7 other seniors will be honored for Senior Night on Saturday night against Seattle. Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics.

Chandler Baddley, Joe Barakat, Nic Harguindeguy, Paul Hoffmeister, Karson Payton, Connor Salmon and Giovanny Vazquez will be honored prior to the match. This group of seniors has helped put UVU men’s soccer on the map. UVU has 44 wins in just three-plus seasons, a WAC regular season title and an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Hoffmeister is the first UVU player named to a preseason All-American team and the programs leading goal-scorer with 21. In what has been a storybook-four years for this group, there is still another chapter to write. Many have counted out this UVU squad, and for these guys, that is okay. Playing with a chip on their shoulders, this UVU team is working to overcome the odds.

A win against Seattle on Saturday night at Clyde Field will check two things off the to-do list: beat the Redhawks for the first time ever and make the WAC Tournament. 

 

 

 

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