Warriors and Mustangs Battle to Scoreless Tie

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 28th, 2014


Brandon Talsma

Brandon Talsma

After 110 minutes of play, Westmont Men’s Soccer (5-2-1, 2-0-1 GSAC) settled for a 0-0 tie with The Masters (3-5-1, 0-1-1) on Saturday at Thorrington Field. The game was part of a day in which every Golden State Athletic Conference men’s soccer game went into overtime.

“It was a dogfight and probably a fair result today,” said assistant coach Johnny Whallon. “It was good for us to be in a tight, competitive match – an authentic GSAC game. Overall, we played a sound game and simply were unlucky not to get a couple in there.”

Both teams had opportunities to score with a total of 35 shots (21 for the Warriors), but the goalkeepers produced a combined 13 saves to keep the game scoreless. Westmont keeper Josh Glover, who notched five saves, recorded his third shutout. He also has two shared shutouts with freshman teammate Spencer Petty.

“Josh is doing an excellent job for us,” said Whallon. “Josh made a couple of key saves for us. His verbal quality has enhanced our back four in terms of being clear with our communication. Josh’s save in the first half on a quasi-breakaway was excellent and was an anchor for us for the rest of the game.”

Offensively, Cody Howen tallied eight shots for the Warriors.

“Cody brought a lot to the table today. He was dynamic with his movement and was creating opportunities,” said Whallon. “Getting eight shots off tells you how dangerous he was. Tanner Wolf, Wilton Quintero and Johnny Yeeles were high-percentage passers in the middle and created a lot of good things for us.”

In other GSAC action, Vanguard (5-4, 1-1) upset #17 Concordia (5-3, 1-1) in double overtime by a score of 3-2. Hope International (6-2-1, 2-0) recorded a 3-2 overtime win over Biola (4-3-1, 1-1) and William Jessup (2-3-1, 0-1-1) and San Diego Christian (1-6-1, 0-1-1) battled to a 1-1 tie.

As a result, Westmont remains in first place in the GSAC standings with seven points (three points for a win, one point for a tie). Hope International is in second place with six points while Concordia, Biola and Vanguard are tied for third place with three points each.

Westmont will take the show on the road next week with a game a seven o’clock at Biola on Wednesday and a game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Hope International.

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