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Delgado Named GSAC Defender of the Week

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 18th, 2016
Lalo Delgado

For the second time this season, Westmont freshman goalkeeper Lalo Delgado has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defender of the Week.

Delgado, who makes his home in Oxnard and came to the Warriors from Carpinteria High School, picked up his third shutout of the season in a 2-0 win at San Diego Christian last Monday. In the process, Delgado picked up six saves.

On Saturday, Delgado faced off against #17 Hope International (10-0-4, 4-0-2 GSAC), the GSAC’s second-place team, and held the high-scoring Royals to just one penalty kick goal to help earn the Warriors a 1-1 tie. Delgado tacked on two more saves in the double-overtime game, bringing his total to eight on the week and 26 on the season.

In seven games this year, Delgado has posted a goals-against average of 0.65 and accumulated a record of five wins against one loss.

Warriors, Royals Leave It All Knotted Up

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 15th, 2016
Augie Andrade

A pair of penalty kicks, one by each team, accounted for all the scoring on Saturday afternoon at Russ Carr Field as Westmont (7-4-1, 4-2-1 GSAC) and #17 Hope International (10-0-4, 4-0-2) settled for a 1-1 double overtime tie in a Golden State Athletic Conference game.

As a result of the stalemate, Hope International dropped into second place in the GSAC standings, two points behind front runner Menlo (11-2-1, 5-0-1). The Warriors are in third place, one point behind the Royals.

Hope’s PK came in the 28th minute after Juan Gutierrez was fouled at the top of the 18-yard box. Thales Serra took the penalty kick and buried the ball in the net.

In the 62nd minute, Mason Garell passed the ball from the left flank to Matt Lariviere who was positioned two yards inside the 18-yard box. Lariviere was immediately taken down and the Warriors were awarded a penalty kick. Augie Andrade stepped up for the shot and quickly scored the equalizer.

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PKs Aplenty for Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 10th, 2016
Drew Alltop

A pair of penalty kicks accounted for all of the scoring on Monday afternoon as Westmont Men’s Soccer posted a 2-0 Golden State Athletic Conference win over San Diego Christian. The game completes a successful two-game road trip that improves the Warriors” record to 7-4 overall and 4-2 in GSAC play.

“I thought the first half performance of our team was very good,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “It is a difficult place to play – very warm, very small field. We had a bit of a nightmare down here last year losing a game in overtime 3-2. We knew it would be a challenging environment and we knew that we would not be able to play the way we typically like to play.

“I thought when we needed to be a little bit safer and more direct, we did that. And when we had opportunities to pass the ball and to move it on the ground we did that. I thought we were pretty good about reading the situations we were in.’

The first goal came in the 18th minute after Austin Lack drew a foul in the box.

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Warriors Thrive in the Desert

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 8th, 2016
Yazi Hernandez

Westmont Men’s Soccer (6-4, 3-2 GSAC) started the two-game road trip with a 4-0 shutout of Golden State Athletic Conference foe Arizona Christian (4-8, 0-5) on Saturday afternoon. Matt Lariviere scored twice for the Warriors to record his fifth and sixth goals of the season.

The Warriors outshot the Firestorm 25-9 in the contest, placing 14 of their shots on goal. Westmont goalkeeper Lalo Delgado warded off two shots on goal to record his second shutout of the season.

The first goal came in the ninth minute when Matt Lariviere finished a pass from the right side by Yazi Hernandez. Eleven minutes later, the Warriors went up 2-0 when Austin Lack put in a rebounded shot off of a free kick.

Four minutes into the second half, Lariviere struck again. This time he headed in a cross from the right side by Nate Ruble.

Jeremiah Anderson scored the final goal for the Warriors in the 53rd minute. Hernandez picked up his second assist of the day with a cross from the left side that Anderson drilled into the net.

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Warrior Rally Falls Short

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 4th, 2016
Jeremiah Anderson

Despite a ferocious offensive effort in the second half, Westmont Men’s Soccer (5-4, 2-2 GSAC) was unable to overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit and fell to #15 Biola (8-3, 3-2) on Tuesday afternoon at Thorrington Field.

The Eagles scored two goals late in the first half. In the 38th minute David Martinez scored the Eagles’ first goal on a pass from Clayton Mohler from the left side of the field. Martinez scored on first touch.

Colton Hunter scored the Eagles’ second goal in the 43rd minute. Hunter scored off a rebound from a shot by Martinez.

Westmont’s intensity increased in the second half. After being held without a shot in the opening frame, the Warriors tallied 11 shots in the second period. The lone goal came in the 72nd minute. Charlie Byers fired off a shot from the 25 yards out that rebounded off the cross bar and found Matt Lariviere at the top of the box. Lariviere took aim and buried the ball in the back of the net to pull the Warriors within one.

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Warriors Tame Ninth-Ranked Lions

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 28th, 2016
Matt Lariviere

Two early goals and another to cap it off with just over a minute to play gave Westmont Men’s Soccer (5-3, 2-1 GSAC) what it needed to knock-off #9 Vanguard (6-2, 1-2) in Wednesday’s Golden State Athletic Conference match-up. The win was the first on the road this season for the Warriors.

“We obviously had a very good start to the game,” said Wolf. “To score any goals against Vanguard is noteworthy. To get a couple as quick as we did was very positive for us.”

Westmont went up 1-0 in the sixth minute when junior Josh Constant headed in a corner kick from junior Augie Andrade.

“Austin Lack did a great job to win the corner initially with a great individual effort,” said Wolf, “and Augie delivered a great ball. (Assistant coach) Johnny (Whalon) has been working very hard with the group on set pieces. I think all that time and energy really paid off.”

The second goal came in the 13th minutes when freshman Sean Nakaoka scored the first goal of his collegiate career while playing near his hometown of Irvine.

“The second goal was also initiated by Austin,” report Wolf. “He got loose on the right flank and served the ball to the back post. Matt Lariviere won the header at the back post and nodded the ball back across the six-yard box. Vanguard’s keeper got a hand to it, but Sean was there to finish the rebound with his head.

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Men’s Soccer Rolls to GSAC Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 24th, 2016
Gabriel McEwen

Westmont Men’s Soccer (4-3, 1-1 GSAC) remained undefeated at home by producing a 5-0 victory over San Diego Christian (5-5, 0-2) in the Warriors’ Golden State Athletic Conference home opener. Westmont freshman goalkeeper Lalo Delgado – who came to the Warriors from Carpinteria High School – earned his first collegiate shutout, producing six saves in the process.

The game winner came in the 18th minute of play when Austin Lack crossed a ball into the box that Gabe Thurner put away from three yards out. Westmont stretched its advantage to 2-0 just before halftime. In the 43rd minute, a shot by Drew Alltop rebounded off the Hawk’s keeper and found Josh Constant who buried the ball in the back of the net.

In the 62nd minute, freshman Gabriel McEwen collected a ball that popped out after a scramble in front of the net. A Warrior shot ricocheted off the face of a Hawks’ defender resulting in the ensuing scramble. McEwen made the score from four yards out.

The Warriors’ fourth goal came in the 69th minute. Yazi Hernandez was taken down in the box and a penalty kick was awarded. Hernandez took the PK and converted the chance to give Westmont a 4-0 advantage.

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Warriors Unlucky in Fullerton

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 20th, 2016
Gabe Thurner

A day trip to Fullerton for Westmont Men’s Soccer (3-3, 0-1 GSAC) ended in a less than desirable result. The Warriors suffered a 2-0 loss to Hope International (6-0-2, 1-0) in the first Golden State Athletic Conference game of the year. Both goals came off of set pieces.

“Today was a game that is typical of soccer in which you can do a lot of things right and still not win,” said Westmont assistant coach Johnny Whallon. “It’s frustrating because we are disappointed with the result, but at the same time there are things we did really well on the field. Finding the final piece – putting the ball in the back of the net – is the one thing we didn’t have and we paid for it.”

Before three minutes expired from the clock, the Warriors found themselves in a 1-0 hole. A shot by the Royal’s Cesar Cruz-Martinez resulted in a call of a handball in the box against the Warriors and a penalty kick awarded to Hope. Cruz-Martinez took the PK and beat Westmont goalkeeper Spencer Petty on the right side.

“The game started off on a tough note to get the handball call,” noted Whallon. “That is just the way the ball bounces. It puts you behind early and it is a different game from that moment on.”

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