Warriors Struggle to Convert, Winning Streak Ends at Four

Submitted by: Jordan Wyatt - September 24th, 2013

 

WM_PRIM_FC_A_RGBBy Jordan Wyatt

September 24, 2013

(SAN MARCOS, Calif.) On Tuesday afternoon, Westmont Men’s Soccer was dealt their first loss in the last five games, suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands (and feet) of #23 California State University San Marcos. The Warriors’ record now stands at 4-2, while CSUSM improves to 6-1-2.

The sole goal of the match materialized in the 10th minute. From just outside the 18-yard box, CSUSM midfielder Scott Rice blazed a left-footed strike that barely eluded the outstretched arms of Warrior goalkeeper Josh Glover before it settled inside the left post.

Despite outshooting the Cougars 11 to seven, placing more shots on goal (six to three), and generating the only three corner kicks of the match, the Warriors failed to coerce a ball into the net and were shut out for the first time this season.

Westmont’s sudden struggle to score comes as a surprise, as the Warriors have averaged 1.83 goals per contest this season. In three of their previous five matches, the Warriors have scored two or more goals, with goals provided by six different members of the squad.

On a positive note, the offensive diversity continued against the Cougars, with eight Warriors registering at least one shot. Likewise, the Warriors’ six shots on goal were distributed among six varying teammates.

Once again, Westmont’s defense looked strong, only allowing one goal. So far this season, the Warrior defense has tapered their opponent’s offense back each game, holding each new adversary to less (or equal) goals than their previous challengers.

The Westmont men will try to secure their first defensive shutout of the season and continue their offensive depth and defensive prowess on Wednesday, October 2, as they begin Golden State Athletic Conference play against Vanguard in La Mirada. That game has a kick-off time of 4:30 p.m.