Coaches’ Sons Provide Special Moment in Bryant Cup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 22nd, 2015


Wilton Quintero

Wilton Quintero

Westmont Men’s Soccer and UC Santa Barbara renewed their rivalry on Saturday night in the 53rd edition of the Bryant Cup. The Gauchos won the exhibition game by a score of 4-1, improving their series advantage to 26-23-4.

“I am grateful that UCSB has been willing to continue to play this game,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf after the game. “I think this is a spectacular soccer community and has been for many years. UCSB has elevated it considerably in the last 15 years. I’m glad that we are still able to be a part of it. It’s an honor to play on this field and in front of fans of Santa Barbara. We believe, as they do, that it’s the best college soccer town in America.”

As for the game itself, the word that first came to mind for Wolf was, “disappointed.”

The Gauchos took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute on a penalty kick by Drew Murphy. The penalty kick was the result of Westmont tackling a UCSB player in the box, an action which Wolf described as “a poor decision”.

UC Santa Barbara scored twice more in the first half, once by Nick DePuy in the 28th minute and once by Kevin Feucht in the 44th minute.

A unique moment came in the final minute of the first half after a Warrior was tackled in the Gauchos’ box, resulting in a penalty kick awarded to Westmont.

Senior Tanner Wolf, son of the Westmont coach, lined up for the penalty kick while Justin Vom Steeg, son of UCSB head coach Tim Vom Steeg, protected the Gaucho goal.

“That was a neat moment,” acknowledge Coach Wolf. “I spent a summer with Justin with the Fusion, so I got to see him up close and coach him a little bit and get to know him. I really think highly of him. That added another layer of dimension to it. Tim and I have been coaching together for a long time. There was definitely specialness to that moment.

“In some ways, it went well all the way around. Justin made a terrific save on the initial shot and Tanner was able to get to the rebound (and score). There was a lot of Santa Barbara soccer history in the penalty box at that time.”

Wolf also found pleasure in the play of two of his younger players.

“When Asher Booth came on and when Yazi Hernandez came on, we looked livelier, a little bit more dangerous and a little bit more synchronized,” asserted Wolf. “The young guys looked much more comfortable on the field tonight than the older players did.”

The second half saw a single goal when DePuy struck again in the 59th minute.

Westmont will host Azusa Pacific in a scrimmage on Wednesday before opening the season on Saturday when they welcome Roosevelt (Ill.) to Thorrington Field. Saturday’s game begins at 1:00 p.m. as the first half of a men’s and women’s doubleheader.