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By Kaci Mexico
November 12, 2016
The Golden State Athletic Conference regular season co-champions, #20 Westmont and #25 Menlo (15-4-1) faced off in the Championship game of the GSAC Tournament. After the Oaks went up 2-1 in the 32nd minute, the Warriors’ attempts to equalize were thwarted, proving Menlo victorious.
The Oaks scored the first goal in the 12th minute when Erik Emanuelsson fed the ball to Ryan Onizuka at the penalty spot; Onizuka fired off a one-time shot into the right upper corner of the goal to give Menlo an early 1-0 lead.
Westmont evened the score when Matt Lariviere connected with Jeremiah Anderson in the 24th minute. The goal began when Lariviere quickly dribbled down the right sideline deep into the Oaks’ goal box and crossed the ball to Anderson at the far corner of the six-yard box. Anderson slotted the ball first-time into the bottom right side of the goal to tie up the game.
Francisco “Panchito” Castro drilled a 30-yard free kick into the back of the net in the third minute of overtime to give Westmont a 1-0 victory over The Master’s in the GSAC Tournament semifinals.
“Francisco has demonstrated on a number of occasions that he is a gamer,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “He is not intimidated by the big moment and the big responsibility. He is defying the odds. To have the gall to shoot that was something else.”
The free kick was won as the result of a foul on Jeremiah Anderson.
“Jerry went on what I would call a great gap dribble,” said Wolf. “He picked the ball up on our side of the midfield stripe, and knifed between a couple of people and got himself into a dangerous situation. He did great all day in those particular moments.
“What we didn’t do particularly great today, and why we needed a play like that, was because we didn’t pass the ball great in the final third,” assessed Wolf. “It isn’t easy to do, but you know you need to do it at least five times to get the kind of chances that you need. We usually win games through some passing quality in the final third of the field. Today, that wasn’t a part of our game so Jerry and Panchito conjured up something different.”
Westmont Men’s Soccer (10-4-2, 7-2-1 GSAC), which claimed a Golden State Athletic Conference Co-Championship last week, has received numerous postseason awards. Among the awards, senior defender Genaro Hurtado of Carpinteria has been named 2016 GSAC Co-Player of the Year.
Hurtado is joined on the 2016 All-GSAC Men’s Soccer Team by senior forward Austin Lack of Costa Mesa, senior forward Matt Lariviere of Camarillo and junior midfielder Augie Andrade of Ojai.
Receiving GSAC Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career is Westmont’s Dave Wolf.
Hurtado anchors the Warrior defense from his center back position and has done so since his sophomore year. In the past three years, Hurtado has played in 46 games, starting in 45 of them. This season, Hurtado has logged 1127 minutes on the field in 14 games, leading a Warriors’ defense that allowed just 16 goals (1.07 per game).
“Even though he has terrific physical size, Genaro is a more elegant central defender in how he plays the position,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “One of the additives to his game this year has been his passing over distance. He has been very consistent. Genaro is a very good reader of the game and has good soccer intuition. He is more of a sophisticate in how he plays.
“Part of the job that Genaro has done this year is probably unseen,” continued Wolf. “With a large number of new players, there was a leadership piece, a management piece and a mentoring piece that was needed for this team. He has done a superb job spearheading that area of our team.”
The Golden State Athletic Conference season came to an end today and Westmont Men’s Soccer (10-4-1, 7-2-1 GSAC) has finished as co-champions. It is the first GSAC Regular Season Championship for the Warriors since the 2002 season.
Westmont tied with Menlo (13-4-1, 7-2-1) at the top of the standings, but will be the number one seed in the upcoming GSAC Tournament by virtue of its 3-0 victory over the Oaks on October 20. Both Menlo and Westmont will receive byes in the first round of the GSAC Tournament. Menlo secured the bye with a 2-1 overtime win against #19 Hope International (11-3-4, 5-3-2) today in Atherton.
Play begins in the Tournament on Saturday. November 5 with third-seeded Vanguard (11-4, 6-4) hosting sixth-seeded Biola (10-6, 5-5) and fourth-seeded Hope International hosting fifth-seeded The Master’s (10-6-2, 5-4-1).
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.”
With a 2-1 Golden State Athletic Conference win over William Jessup (7-7-1, 2-5-1 GSAC), Westmont Men’s Soccer (9-4-1, 6-2-1) has taken solo possession of first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings. Westmont trailed 1-0 in at halftime, but rallied with goals in the 64th and 69th minutes to claim the victory.
William Jessup scored in the 10th minute when Oscar Magana crossed the ball to Jacob Rodriguez in front of the goal. Rodriguez needed just one touch to put the ball in the net and give the northern Warriors a 1-0 lead.
“I thought we looked tired,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf of the teams’ first half performance. “Obviously it was a quick turnaround from Thursday, but (William Jessup) had the same. Especially in the first half, I thought they were just a little bit tougher than we were.”
“Then I think we found a little bit more in the second half,” said Wolf. “We got a little more pressure, closed up the spaces a little bit more and we made a couple of plays that ended up getting the result for us. Jeremiah Anderson obviously had a lot to do with that – drawing the penalty kick and scoring the second.”
A 3-0 Golden State Athletic Conference win by Westmont Men’s Soccer (8-4-1, 5-2-1 GSAC) over #20 Menlo (11-3-1, 5-1-1) has moved the Warriors into a tie with the Oaks for first place in the GSAC standings. Menlo and Westmont both have 16 points (three for a win, one for a tie) and are two points ahead of #17 Hope International (10-1-4, 4-1-2).
The game proved to be great way to celebrate Westmont head coach Dave Wolf’s 500th career game – all of which as coach of the Warriors. During his 26 years of coaching, Wolf has accumulated a record of 305-147-48 (.658).
Westmont first scored in the 12th minute on a penalty kick taken by Gabe Thurner. The penalty kick was awarded after Augie Andrade was fouled in the box. Mason Garell sent a pass into the box from beyond the midfield stripe. Andrade settled the ball, beat his defender and dribbled from right to left 15 yards from the goal. Before Andrade could get off a left-footed shot, he was pushed in the back to the ground, thereby drawing the foul.