Seasiders fight past Silverswords

Seasiders fight past Silverswords

LAIE, Hawaii – Jake McRae capped off a strong season with a brace to lead BYU-Hawaii men's soccer to a 2-0 victory over Chaminade on Saturday at BYU-Hawaii Soccer Field.

As a team, BYU-Hawaii (10-8, 8-5 PacWest) was able to get off 13 shots, four of them being on goal, and held of Chaminade (1-14-1, 1-11-1 PacWest) to only six shots total, two of them being on frame.

Mark Stanley (5-3) was key in the Seasider shutout, but was replaced late by Jaden Epplette after a leg injury. With the two goals scored, McRae took over the top spot in the Pacific West Conference for goals scored with 14 this season. He also finished one shy of Jill Haar's school record of 15 goals, the most by any man or woman at BYU-Hawaii.

After testing the waters, the Seasiders were able to gain the early advantage over the Silverswords in the 17th minute as Kyle Oertel executed a perfect pass to find McRae behind the defense. McRae was able to dribble past the keeper one-on-one and put the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

McRae and Pawel Dregan were able to get shots off in the 20th and 24th minutes, respectively after evading the Silversword defense, but both were blocked by Bernd Buescherhoff (1-6-0).

The floodgates of opportunities opened for BYU-Hawaii as a potential second goal on a header by Mason Reid in the 31st minute went just high, sending the game into halftime with the Seasiders in the lead.

In the 63rd minute, Oertel found himself all alone on an open goal after receiving a pass from McRae, but a hard touch sent the ball over the crossbar.

The Silverswords retaliated with back-to-back shots on goal in the 68th and 70th minute, but Epplette was able to come up with big saves to preserve the shutout.

Another scoring opportunity presented itself to BYU-Hawaii in the 76th minute when a corner by Reid found its way into the box after a couple of bounces, but McRae's header on the open net went just high.

McRae redeemed himself in the 89th minute after a Chaminade defender attempted to head the ball back to his keeper, but McRae redirected the ball with a header of his own and put it into the back of the net to give him a brace and finish the scoring.

The Seasiders season concluded with them one point behind Hawaii Pacific for fifth place in the PacWest.

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