Rallying from a two-goal deficit while playing two-men down, Westmont Men’s Soccer (9-6-2) scored twice in the waning minutes of regulation to take Hope International into overtime. The Warriors held their ground in the first overtime, but finally succumb to the Royals’ greater numbers, falling 4-3 in the second overtime period.
Hope International scored in the 12th minute when Thales Serra shot from 35 yards out and found the top right netting. The Royals advanced their lead by one in the 65th minute off of a beautifully executed set piece. Jonathan Canales sent a free kick from 40 yards out to the front of the goal. Oleg Parent flicked the ball on with his head, redirecting it past Westmont keeper Josh Glover.
Down two goals, Westmont made some adjustments.
“Once the second goal was scored, we changed the shape a little bit and got an additional player forward, which was Timmy (Heiduk),” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “Then it was kind of mayhem. From there until the end, you are looking for set pieces and corners and balls into the box.
The challenge intensified when Matt Lariviere picked up his second yellow card, in the 72nd minute, resulting in his ejection from the game.
Just four minutes later, however, Westmont made its first mark on the scoreboard. Dash Wulterin, standing near the left side line. sent the ball to Blake Joyner near the middle of the field. Joyner forwarded it on to Heiduk as the freshman was breaking for the left post. Heiduk snuck the ball between the keeper and the post.