Men’s and women’s soccer teams beat San Diego Christian, inch closer to possible GSAC championship

Jacob Norling, Staff Writer

There were no surprises this past weekend for the Westmont soccer teams, as the No. 4 ranked men’s team and the No. 9 ranked women’s team both came out victorious against San Diego Christian. Both teams inch closer to a possible Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular season championship following their wins. The men are currently ahead of Vanguard by one point, while the women are in a four-way tie for first place in the conference with Vanguard, Ottawa Arizona, and The Master’s.

The women’s team (11-2-1 overall, 5-1 GSAC) was able to get back on track following a heartbreaking overtime loss to The Master’s in Santa Clarita last weekend. On Saturday, the women won 4-2 on goals by four different warriors. Bri Johnson tacked on her 10th goal of the season, becoming the first person on her team to reach double digits, while the younger Berthoud sister, Izzy, officially moved ahead of her big sister with her eighth goal of the season. The other two goals came from Grace Duckens, who scored her second, and Taylie Scott, who scored her first goal as a Warrior.

Scott and Duckens have both stormed onto the scene at Westmont in their first years and have become key cogs in this well-oiled machine, which is looking to do the unthinkable behind first-year coach Jenny Jaggard. Although the Warriors lost that heartbreaker to The Master’s, they are still very much in the mix for a GSAC regular season title. When the Arizona teams come to Westmont this weekend, this team will be looking to top the conference as part of a year that many assumed would be a transition year.

The men (11-1-1 overall, 5-0-1 GSAC) won 2-0 in what has turned into a season of different nights, but the same story. The defense is, without a doubt, the most formidable on the West Coast, and if the Warriors end up hanging a banner at year’s end, that backline will be the reason why. The Warriors posted their eighth shutout of the season in just 13 games. For the offense, Panchito Castro and Tyler Young both added goals to their resumes, Castro’s fourth and Young’s team leading eighth. The Warriors will need those two, along with their other attackers, to rise to the occasion as the team looks to punch its ticket to the NAIA National Tournament.

Both the men and the women host OUAZ and Arizona Christian this week, beginning with OUAZ on Halloween. On Thursday, the women kick off at 12:30 p.m., while the men’s game will begin at 3:15 p.m. Senior Day for both teams is on Saturday, when the men play at noon while the women’s game is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m