Warriors Smother Flames

Submitted by: Jordan Wyatt - August 31st, 2013


WM_PRIM_FC_A_RGBBy Jordan Wyatt

August 31, 2013

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) A first half penalty kick by midfielder Sean Siemens and a second half strike by midfielder Jonathan Yeeles (assist by forward Cody Howen) proved to be enough firepower for Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-1-0) to smother the Flames of Bethesda (3-5-0) 2-1 on Saturday at Thorrington Field.

Although the score itself didn’t reflect it, the Warriors blanketed the Flames defensively, suffocating their offensive attack. Westmont allowed only four shots on-goal, and surrendered just two corners. Bethesda’s lone goal (a Warrior own goal) originated off of a defensive error in the forty-second minute.

“I thought we were stingy defensively, which was really the hope today. We wanted to be a bit tighter on the defensive side of the ball. Obviously the (own) goal was a bit unlucky, but it was off of a great effort,” commented Warrior head coach Dave Wolf after the game.

The Warriors found their offensive groove last week in a 4-2 win over Whittier. Saturday, the defense certainly caught up. “It was the first time (this season) that we’ve conceded less than two goals – definitely a step in the right direction. That is my predominant thought today. Defensively, it was better,” continued Wolf.

The Warrior attack proved to gain additional momentum as well. “What I am most pleased about is that in two games running now, our offense has been pretty fluid. We haven’t outshot teams in a while, so it’s nice to see those statistics lean more heavily in our favor,” exclaimed Wolf.

The team finished with 18 shots, with three each derived from Yeeles, Brandon Talsma, and Matthew Lariviere. Siemens (in his season debut – back from injury), Nana Ayken, Rick McCarthy, and Tanner Wolf each added two as well.

Wolf was especially impressed by the play of Yeeles. He described his offensive sparkplug’s play as a result of a “mentality to go forward, to get into the box, and to set up an attempt to score.” Wolf added that “(Yeeles) is trying to make something happen every time he gets on the ball.”

Yeeles has totaled two goals and two assists through three games this season.

However, with the Warriors’ sizable offensive attack came a plethora of offside calls. Wolf quelled any concerns that these calls might allude to when he stated, “We had so many (offside calls), but that was due to (Bethesda’s) defensive plan and our aggressiveness overall.”

Next up for the Warriors is a game against Marymount (Calif.) (5-1-0). The team will hit the road for their first game away from Thorrington Field when they take on the Mariners at the StubHub Center in Carson. That game is this upcoming Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.