Westmont Men’s Soccer (10-4-1, 7-2-1) finished off the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season by handing the Mustangs of The Master’s (10-5-2, 5-3-1) a 3-2 loss on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Warriors guaranteed themselves a bye in the first round of the upcoming GSAC Tournament and extended their lead atop the GSAC standings to five points.
The Warriors took a 2-0 lead into half time and extended their advantage to 3-0 in the second half before the Mustangs got on the board.
“I thought it was a real sharp start for us,” said Westmont coach Dave Wolf. “I thought we looked lively at the beginning of the game, which was really nice to see because I didn’t feel like we were at our best in the previous game. We challenged the guys on that level and I thought they responded really well. Both of the early goals were a result of a really sharp start by us.”
Matt Lariviere scored the Warriors’ first goal in the 22nd minute.
“Jeremiah Anderson had a ball on the left wing and tried to square a ball into the box,” said Wolf. “With his back to the goal, Matt Lariviere spun and smashed the ball with his left foot. It hit the underside of the crossbar and went straight down. The linesman on the far side of the field ruled that the ball had crossed the line.”