Seasiders unable to find the net in loss to Eagles

Seasiders unable to find the net in loss to Eagles

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's soccer was unable to finish its chances in a 2-0 loss to Concordia Monday at the BYU-Hawaii soccer field.

Jake McRae led all players with five shots, while three other Seasiders (4-4-2, 3-3-1 PacWest) had two shots apiece.

Jose Huerta followed through on both of his shots to score the two for the Eagles (5-3-2, 4-1-0).

BYU-Hawaii couldn't get past the opposing keeper with 14 total shots and four on goal, but Concordia's seven shots with three on goal were enough to take the game.

Four minutes into the game, Braden Bailey passed to it to McRae in the box who went one-on-one with the keeper, but his shot back post went wide. Less than a minute later, McRae put a shot on goal that keeper Jordan Brinkley (5-3-2) got his gloves on.

After two missed shots by BYU-Hawaii, Bailey made two shots within 30 seconds, but the first was saved and the second went over the crossbar.

In the 24th minute, Ari Claro's ball found Huerta whose bicycle kick in the center of the box went just over Einar Johnson (3-2-1) and into the back of the net to give Concordia the 1-0 lead. The only other first-half shot by the Eagles came from Miguel Mendoza six minutes later and was blocked.

Kyle Oertel put a shot on goal that was saved before his blocked shot ended the first half.

Connor Gordon looked to extend the Eagle lead in the 48th minute, but Johnson made his lone save to keep it close.

After high shots by Edgar Mesa Perez and McRae, Griffin Garcia found a ball all alone in front of the net during a struggle in the box, but Brinkley got his hands on it to prevent the equalizer.

Seconds later, Huerta grabbed the ball and beat the defense one on one to put it into the back of the net, making it a 2-0 game for the Eagles.

A final opportunity arose when McRae came up the right and tried to put it in by the far post, sending the ball wide left.

BYU-Hawaii returns to action Thursday against California Baptist at 12 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online. 

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