Men’s Soccer Renews Rivalry with UCSB

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 24th, 2013

 

Jonathan Yeeles

Westmont Men’s Soccer completed their final tune-up of the 2013 season with the traditional Bryant and Sons Cup game against UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos won the exhibition 3-0, scoring two goals last in the contest.

UCSB had eight corner kicks in the first half, one of which resulted in UCSB’s lone first-half goal. In the fourth minute, Drew Murphy sent a corner kick to Nick DePuy in front of the Warriors’ net. DePuy headed the ball to Achillie Campion at the near post. Campion headed the ball into the net.

Without question, the Gaucho’s dominated play in the first half. UCSB had 12 shots while the Warriors did not get a shot off. However, Westmont’s defense came up big on several occasions.

“I thought we made some big steps defensively from our game against UCLA,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “My goal for the guys tonight was, ‘Give me some evidence that we actually played the UCLA game.’ I thought there were a couple of things we did defensively – especially our courage in getting out a little bit and closing up the field a little bit – that were very positive. I thought the back four were very good. Josh Glover did a really nice job in the first half helping to calm us down and used his experience and soccer savvy.”

In the twenty-second minute Marco Lopez challenged a Gaucho who was about to fire from 10 yard in front of the net. His slide tackle sent the ball sailing away and kept the score a 1-0. Less than three minutes later, Muhammad Mehai stopped a hard-hit ball that was headed toward an empty net.

First-half goalkeeper Josh Glover notched two saves. In the twenty-fourth minute, Glover stopped a shot by Reed McKenna. In the thirty-ninth minute he thwarted a shot by Goffin Boyoko.

“I think the fitness of the team was very good,” said Wolf. “Their ability to run and to fight is really good and will enable us to do so things with them. I don’t know how Blake Joyner runs as much as he does. I thought Cody Howen looked really lively the first 30 minutes. Rick McCarthy keeps making progress. Tanner handled the big stage pretty well for his first time being out there.”

Coming into the game, the Warriors knew they would be outsized.

“There are two things we tried to do,” said Wolf about the size disadvantage. ”One was to compete in the air, even as big as they are. I thought Mo (Mehai) and Marcos were superb in the air. Many of them we lost out on, but we were in there and we stuck our nose in a lot of places.

“The second thing was doing the very best we could do to hold them off and shield the ball. It’s hard, but I thought there were some good moments of tough, on-the-ball shielding. That’s what we asked of them and that’s what they tried to deliver. It was good to see.”

In the second half, with Andrew Singer in goal, the Warriors held the Gaucho’s scoreless for the first 38 minutes. Singer tallied five saves. With 7:45 to play, Singer faced the Gauchos’ Charlie Miller one-on-one. Miller fired to the right-hand side, but Singer punched the ball up. The ball hit the cross bar and rebounded back into the field of play.

One minute later, Paul Ehmann fired off a similar shot from 20 yards out. Again, Singer punched the ball and again the ball hit the cross bar. This time, however, the ball ricocheted to the ground and into the goal, making the score 2-0.

The Gauchos added one more goal with 2:36 remaining. Singer tried to punch away a cross from the left-hand side but the ball got past him and found Andy Perez who put it away into an empty net.

Westmont’s only shot on goal came in the fifty-sixth minute when McCarthy fired from the right-hand side.

Westmont will officially start the 2013 season on Saturday, August 31 when they host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Thorrington Field at 1:00 p.m.

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