In the first week of scholastic competition, the Academy of Art University had several highlights.
After getting off to a rough start with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of San Francisco State, the Urban Knights scored a 1-0 overtime win over Cal State Monterey Bay, as sophomore defender Oliver Hadeen scored the golden goal on Sept. 1. Hadeen’s first career goal came just three minutes into overtime.
The Academy of Art will next travel to Hayward on Sept.6 to face Cal State East Bay, which lost to Notre Dame de Namur to open the 2018 season.
The Urban Knights cross country team had a big opening week, as graduate students Freddie Hessian and Hasna Kaarour were each named Pacific West Conference Runners of the Week. The two led the Academy of Art at the University of San Francisco Invitational on Sept. 1, as the women claimed sixth overall while the men took seventh.
Kaarour crossed the line 19th overall with a time of 22:10.6 on the 6k course. Behind her was redshirt freshman Audrey Rosencrans in 25th, at 22:37.4, which earned her Freshman Runner of the Week honors for the conference.
Senior Giulia McIsaac followed in 32nd place with a time of 22:53.8. Redshirt freshman Alyssa Winter offered 23:20.9 mark (44th) and senior Ashley Brown and redshirt junior Emma Johnson took 61st (24:03.7) and 62nd (24:04.6) respectively.
The men’s team was led by Hessian, who finished 33rd with a time of 25:52.19 through an 8k course. Close behind was junior Rabah Houali, who came in 38th with a 26:13.53.
In the first official races of their respective collegiate careers, freshmn Hudson Lockette and redshirt freshmen Logan Briner and Nicholas Boffman rounded out the top five for the Urban Knights. Lockette went 27:06.64 for 57th overall while Briner was 61st (27:26.65) and Boffman took 68th (28:24.25).
The Urban Knights will return to Golden Gate Park on Sept. 21 for the San Francisco State Invitational. The men will run first at 3:30 p.m. followed by the women at 4:15 p.m.