Honoring the seniors in style
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The men and womens soccer teams took the pitch on Saturday for what was their last home games of the regular season. Being senior day, both teams looked to celebrate all the hard work the seniors had invested in their respective teams for the past four years.
The men’s team kicked off first, putting forth an exemplary performance of creativity, passion, and talent against San Diego Christian. Gabe Thurner opened up the scoring in the 11th minute by dribbling into the box and slotting the ball past the keeper. Four minutes later, Tyler Young put away a clinical finish off of a pass by Dash Wulterin. The third goal came a minute later when Wulterin slipped past the Hawk backline and laid off the ball to Thurner, who was able to place the ball in the corner of the net. After assisting two, Wulterin scored his first career goal for the Warriors with the assist from fellow senior Mason Garrell. Gabe McEwen closed out the half with two goals of his own, putting the Warriors up 6-0 at half.
The electric atmosphere continued in the second half, as the team continued to possess and create scoring opportunities to the dismay of the San Diego Christian Hawks. With 26 minutes left in the game, freshman Sam Tuscano connected with a brilliant service from Panchito Castro, putting the team up 7-0. Castro added his team-leading sixth goal of the season to put the Warriors up 8-0. Nick Ruiz followed suit and finished a cross by teammate Tanner Scott. Lastly, Tuscano closed out the storm of goals by rifling a shot from 18 yards out. The game finished 10-0 with the Warriors backline staying strong and impenetrable, recording its second shutout in the past three matches.
Shortly after, the Westmont women’s soccer team kicked off against San Diego Christian. Within the first minute of the game, the Hawks managed to dispossess the Warriors, dribble through the midfield, find forward Jessica Taylor, who then shot a rocket past Westmont keeper Gabi Haw, giving San Diego Christian the lead and early confidence. This shocked the Warriors, who then began to high press in order to equalize. In the 26th minute, Teagan Mayte delivered a crisp ball to Maddi Berthoud who ran onto it and slotted the ball into the corner. This goal gave the Warriors the turn of momentum they were looking for, and soon they began dominating possession, finding themselves camped in the offensive third, creating scoring opportunities by exposing the gaps in the Hawks backline. The Warriors went into the second half with a 1-1 scoreline.
Westmont took the lead in the 63rd minute after Eliya Lowe delivered a ball from the width into the feet of Katie Stella, who took one touch before smacking the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net. Maddi Berthoud got her second of the day by finishing a cross from Valerie Swisher, leaving the final score as 3-1.
Both the men’s and women’s soccer team travel to Arizona on Wednesday to face off against Ottawa University on Thursday and then Arizona Christian on Saturday.