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The #25 ranked Westmont warriors men’s soccer team (1-1-3) had a busy week this past week, as they took on #22 Marymount (Calif.) (3-2-2) on Thursday, and had an exhibition match against Point Loma on Saturday. Both of these games were close competitions, as the Warriors ended in a 1-1 draw against the Marymount (MCU) Mariners and a 0-1 loss to the Point Loma Sea Lions.
Thursday night the Warriors traveled down to MCU, yet again looking to continue their good form on the road. Under the lights, the Mariners came out with a high press and constant attack, which forced the Warriors to play a lot of defense. With a lot of international talent, the Mariners got on the score sheet with an early goal by Nedin Zukanovic in the 25th minute. Both teams remained defensively strong in the first half, with Westmont looking to orchestrate a piece of offensive magic in order to bounce back and level the score. The score remained 0-1 in favor of the Mariners going into
The second half continued to be an impasse of sorts, with both teams displaying great defensive shape. However in the 60th minute, Westmont scored the equalizer, when midfielder Dash Wulterin slipped a perfectly weighted precision pass to freshman Tyler Young, who tucked it straight into the corner. The game would remain in a 1-1 stalemate throughout the remainder of the regulation period as well as two extra periods of overtime. Westmont finished with a total of seven shots compared to the Mariners’ 16 shots, eight of which were on frame.
Two days later, the Warriors found themselves happy to be playing at home for the first time in a while, in front of a jubilant home crowd. A different lineup was implemented by Coach Wolf to give the Warriors a fresh look as they took the pitch against Point Loma. The Warriors came out hot and dominated the flow of play. However, the Sea Lions thwarted all building momentum, when senior Chris Reingen found the back of
Westmont fought hard to gain a redemptive goal, but was largely kept at bay by the Sea Lions goalkeeper Sean Williams. The Warriors had a total of 11 shots during the duration of the match, four of which were on target. Meanwhile, Point Loma had five shots, with only one being on goal. The score ended 1-0 in favor of Point Loma.
Westmont will begin its defense of the Golden State Athletic Conference title with two home matches, starting on Thursday at 4 p.m. against William Jessup and then on Saturday at noon v. Menlo.
“This year, we have a very talented team,” said Young. “But, not just the starting 11, in the whole team. Having a deep team that can have anyone influence the game on the field will make us go further than last year.”