LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's soccer fell short in a 3-1 loss to Northwest Nazarene on Tuesday afternoon to begin the 2015 campaign.
The Seasiders (0-1) were able to put five shots on goal, but the Crusaders (3-0) got off 12 shots total, seven on frame. Peter Puertas scored an unassisted goal and saved a sure Northwest Nazarene goal by heading out a ball right in front of the near post.
Confident of their win, the Crusader keeper was caught out of position in the 85th minute by a long shot from 25 yards out from Puertas to give the Seasiders their lone goal of the game.
The game was physical from the beginning, as both teams were called for multiple fouls, but it was Northwest Nazarene who pressured and were rewarded with several corner kicks and shots on goal. The Seasider defense led by keeper, Mark Stanley (0-1) kept the ball away from the net, until Abraham Placito put the ball into the back of the net on a cross from Julio Castillo in the 35th minute to give the Crusaders the go ahead goal.
Not one to give up, Stanley made an aggressive save after a forward broke through the defense and the Seasiders were able to clear the ball on the near goal by the Crusaders.
Crusaders came out firing with a shot on goal a minute into the second half, which was saved by Stanley. Northwest Nazarene found their groove and scored two more in the 58th and 75th minute to solidify their win 3-1. The Seasiders' aggressive attack late resulted in shots from Brando Baron, Pawel Dregan, and Brody Berry, but they were unable to find the back of the net .
Seasiders face Chaminade University on Saturday at noon HST at Saint Louis Field. Live stats will be available online.