Men’s soccer season comes to an end
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Westmont men’s soccer (10-5-3) fell in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament this past weekend to the Mariners of Marymount (15-3-3), 3-1. Senior Augie Andrade scored early on for the Warriors, however the Mariners’ offense proved to be too much for the Warriors to handle in the long run.
The Warriors came out on the offensive and within the first seven minutes, the Warriors found themselves with an early lead. Junior Jeremiah Anderson headed the ball to Andrade who had slipped past the defense, sliding the ball past the goalie into the back of the net.
After Westmont’s goal, the Mariners woke up and overwhelmed Westmont with two quick goals. In the 23rd minute, a close shot hit the crossbar and bounced out, but in the 29th minute Marymount’s free kick ended in a goal after the initial save by sophomore goalkeeper Lalo Delgado. Delgado saved the shot off the post, but the ball ricocheted back in front of goal for the Mariners to pounce. The Mariners scored again soon after in the 31st minute when a header flew into the right corner of the goal.
The Warriors hit the crossbar to open up the second half and controlled a lot of the second half, but were unable to equalize. The score stayed at 2-1 until the Mariners scored their final goal in the 73rd minute, ending the game at 3-1.
This game was the first NAIA National Tournament appearance the Warriors have made since 2008.
For seniors Josh Constant, Blake Homan, Nate Ruble, Yazi Hernandez, and Augie Andrade, it is the end of an era of Warriors’ soccer.
Homan reflects, “Westmont soccer has meant family. I’ve never been on a team that I’ve loved so much and that I’d do anything for. I truly love each guy that I’ve played with. They’re my brothers in all senses of the word and they will be long after soccer is over. My best memories from Westmont are from my time on this team. I just feel really lucky to have had an opportunity to play here and with these guys. God gifted me with a second family.”
Hernandez added, “The senior class that has been a part of my journey at Westmont are guys that I am able to call my brothers. Westmont has given me everything by allowing me to grow my faith in Christ and to do one thing that I love most and that is kick a soccer ball.”
With that, the 2017-2018 Westmont men’s soccer season comes to a close after winning the 2017 Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.