Crosstown Rivalry Goes to Gauchos

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 23rd, 2014

 

Genaro Hurtado

Genaro Hurtado

The 52nd meeting of Westmont and UC Santa Barbara in the Bryant and Sons cup saw the Gauchos post a 2-0 victory over the Warriors. UCSB now holds a 25-23-4 advantage in the series.

The Warriors’ started the game with a lot of intensity and had their best chance to score in the second minute when Jonathan Yeeles fired off a shot from 24 yards out that went just wide.

“I thought it was the sharpest start I have seen in a very long time,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “That is part of the disappointment. I felt like we were really up for it and really able to compete in the game. When it started getting away from us, we couldn’t get out of it. We were in that mode for a 20-25 minute period. We didn’t seem to have the capability to turn that around.”

The Gaucho’s first goal came in the 13th minute. Reed McKenna fired a shot that was saved by Westmont goalkeeper Josh Glover. Unfortunately, the rebound came back to McKenna who put the ball in the back of the net.

The second UCSB goal came on a corner kick in the 25th minute. McKenna launched the ball from the left-hand side and found the head of Drew Murphy for the score.

“The first half was disappointing to me,” acknowledged Wolf. “What this team is capable of doing well, we weren’t able to produce. I want to play a lateral game. We got very little of that in the first half. We got a lot of it in the second half. Sometimes it takes going through the experience bit by bit before you get there – and I thought we did.”

Glover, who tallied five saves in the game, produced three point-blank saves in the second half. The first came in the 71st minute on a shot by Armand Bagramyan. The second came off a shot by Alex Liua in the 76th minute and the third off a shot by Bagramyan in the 77th minute.

“Josh came up really big on two or three occasions,” said Wolf. “The respectability of the score line matters. It could have looked different. Josh had a real big contribution to the night.”

The Warriors will open the season on Friday, August 29 when they host Pomona-Pitzer at Thorrington Field.

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