Men’s soccer ties Seattle Pacific in OT

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Chico State junior soccer player Justin Walmsley scored the Wildcats' only goal in a 1-1 tie to Seattle Pacific on Saturday. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats.

The Chico State men’s soccer played to a 1-1 overtime tie with Seattle Pacific University on Saturday. Justin Walmsley got the scoring started with a volley from Patrick Lee in the 11th minute of the game.

Freshman Luke Dennison had a solid game with four saves, including a penalty play where he blocked two shots in a matter of moments.

“He came up to the spot and I kinda saw where he was looking,” Dennison. “I read him, then I got lucky by getting big and then he whiffed the second one straight to me.”

Seattle Pacific University and Chico State met last year in the West Regional NCAA tournament, and it showed. In total there were six yellow cards in the game, four to the Wildcats and two to the Falcons. After the game, coach Felipe Restrepo said that the reason there were so many cards was because of the playoff atmosphere.

“Having this game at the beginning of our season gives us a nice idea of where we are at,” Restrepo said. “Because we are both good West Region schools.”

The Falcons got on the board in the 53rd minute, as Ian Adams kicked a line drive to the right side to tie the score at 1-1.

From there it was all defense, as both teams had chances to score several times in the second half and in overtime, but no shot found the back of the net.

Chance Keenan can be reached at [email protected] or @chancelikelance on Twitter.