Highs and lows
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This week brought highs and lows for the #25 Westmont men’s soccer team (2-2-3, 1-1 GSAC), as they took on both William Jessup and Menlo. Both of these matches were action packed, physical battles that tested Westmont’s defensive prowess and its ability to create goal scoring opportunities.
Kicking off the conference season, the Warriors came out confidently against William Jessup, proving that they could score goals with an impressive 3-0 victory. Junior Augie Andrade finished a pass from junior Gabe Thurner, putting the Warriors up 1-0 in the 36th minute of the game. William Jessup had its chances throughout the match, but were kept at bay by the strong, compact Westmont defensive line and sophomore Lalo Delgado in net, who earned his clean sheet by making four great saves. The action continued in the 60th minute when senior Nate Ruble crossed a ball to junior Collin Scott, who headed the ball into the goal with finesse, power, and precision. Seven minutes later, Yazi Hernandez continued the offensive display by one-time finishing a pass by Andrade. The game finished 3-0 in favor of Westmont, who saw three players get on the score sheet for the first time this season.
Hoping to repeat the great run of form, the Warriors stepped up against the Menlo Oaks on Saturday afternoon, in front of a cheerful home crowd. The game commenced in a flurry of physicality, up and down the pitch. Both teams pushed for a go-ahead goal, however defense proved key for both sides in the first half, leaving the score 0-0.
The pace of the game picked up even more in the second half, ultimately leading up to a goal scored by Menlo forward Fernando Menera in the 48th minute. Determined not to drop their heads, the Warriors fought on, desperately looking for an equalizer. Tension built up towards the end of the game, as passion and intensity built to a precipice. Then in the 87th minute, amidst the utter disapproval from the boisterous crowd, a red card was given to junior Tim Heiduk for a collision with the keeper.
The Warriors were unable to capitalize on any of their eight shots (three on target), leaving the score 0-1 in favor of Menlo.
Senior center back and captain Blake Homan commented, “There are those games where everything seems to go your way, and then there are those games where nothing seems to go right. This felt like one of those games. With that said, we have another chance to play Menlo later in season and hopefully we can get a different result.”
The next match for the Warriors will be away at Arizona Christian on Thursday before Westmont takes on San Diego Christian on Saturday.