Westmont Men’s Soccer (7-4-2, 4-2-2) didn’t find what it was looking for in Costa Mesa on Tuesday as the Warriors dropped a Golden State Athletic Conference game against Vanguard (8-6-1, 4-3-1) by a score of 2-0. The Warriors had hoped to improve its claim on a first round bye in the upcoming GSAC Tournament, but instead were dealt a serious blow to those chances.
The Warriors had trouble generating offensive chances and eventually gave way in a game that started with more than 78 minutes of scoreless soccer. Westmont was outshot 14-8 and placed only four shots on goal compared to Vanguard’s seven.
Vanguard’s first goal came in the 79th minute when Jesus Fregoso shot from outside the box on the left side and put the ball in the upper right corner. With seconds remaining on the clock, Brian Pautausso added another goal from 21 yards out to seal the deal.
As a result, Westmont falls into fourth place in the GSAC standings with 14 points (three points for a win, one for a tie). Despite the loss, the Warriors remain ahead of fifth place Vanguard who has 13 points. Just ahead of Westmont in third place is The Master’s (8-6-1, 5-2-1) who was idle today but claims 16 points.