Orchard's brace leads Seasiders to victory

Orchard's brace leads Seasiders to victory

SAN FRANCISCO – Rachel Orchard's brace led BYU-Hawaii's women's soccer to a 2-0 victory over Academy of Art on Tuesday at the Beach Chalet.

Orchard led BYU-Hawaii (2-2-1, 1-2-1 PacWest) with six shots, four on frame to score the only two goals of the game. Kala Brundige and Katie Call recorded the assists. Abi Chavez led Academy of Arts (0-6-0, 0-1-0 PacWest) with three shots one on goal.

As a team, the Seasiders were able to get off 22 shots, 10 of which were on frame, while holding the Urban Knights to six shots and only three on frame.

Morgan Wirz kept the Seasiders off the scoreboard for 80 minutes making several fantastic saves after facing heavy offensive pressure from BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders efforts came into fruition in the 80th minute as a perfect corner by Brundige found Orchard in the box for the go-ahead goal of the game. A second corner from Brundige found Katie Call who deflected the ball in the box to the feet of Orchard and she punched it into the net in the two minutes later to make it a 2-0 game.

A shot on goal in the 14th minute by Mackenzie Moore set the tone for the offensive attack for the Seasiders early and they would maintain pressure throughout the game.

Additional shots by Sydney Eddy, Mackenzie Bean and Brena Love along with corners from Ekaterina Herrod kept the pressure in the Academy of Art's half of the pitch, but it wasn't enough as the teams went into the locker rooms scoreless.

A corner by Brundige in the 78th minute found Orchard near the back post who was able to head the ball on frame, but the Knights keeper was able to rob the opportunity for the game's first goal.

The Seasiders continue their road trip with a game on Thursday against Notre Dame de Namur at 2:30 p.m. PDT. Live stats will be available online.

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