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Men's Soccer - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Adrian Vazquez scored his first collegiate goal against PCC
Adrian Vazquez scored his first collegiate goal against PCC
Hope International
Providence Christian College

PASADENA, CA – Hope International kept its undefeated streak alive on Saturday, Sept. 9 with a draw against CalPac foe Providence Christian in double overtime. The Royals led for the majority of the match against the hosting Seabeggars but were unable to finish the match with a victory in regulation.

HIU had all the chances it needed early in the match and test the Seabeggars' starting keeper from the outset, but only one of the Royals' early shots found the net in the 16th minute. Freshman John Mejia sent a shot into the net for the early lead after doing the work himself – however, the lead would only hold for another 18 minutes until PCC netted an equalizer.

After the Seabeggars scored a goal in the 34th minute to tie, HIU redoubled its output offensively and made another shot count right before the halftime intermission. A ball played in by Joel Palomares found the foot of Adrian Vazquez, and Vazquez did the rest of the work to give HIU a 2-1 lead at the half that would hold for the majority of the second period. Vazquez is in his sophomore campaign with HIU and made his collegiate scoring debut with the strike.

Playing with the lead for the overwhelming majority of the second half may have been enough to lull the Royals' back line into a momentary lapse of focus the final minutes, as PCC scored another equalizer in the 86th minute to even the match at 2-2. After an HIU foul resulted in a free kick for PCC, the Seabeggars sent their best player running through the box for a post run. No one from HIU's back line marked the run, resulting in an easy header for the score.

The Seabeggars' second keeper made nine saves to keep HIU scoreless while minding the net in the second half and both overtimes and the Royals' defense was unable to hold on to the win. Neither side netted a winning goal in the extra periods of play, and HIU returned home still unbeaten but without a win that was initially there for the taking.

"We had our chances to get a result tonight and we didn't get it done," Coach Joe Lurker said after the match. "You could say any number of excuses for us tonight, but ultimately we had a lead and let it get away from us. We could have put this match away early but we let [PCC] hang around all the way to the end, and they made us pay for it. Take no credit from them, [PCC] worked hard against us all night and had an outstanding night from their keeper in the second half."

HIU moves to 4-0-2 on the year after its third match of the week and remains the only undefeated team in the GSAC. The Royals will play one last match on the road to complete their non-conference slate at La Sierra on Thursday, Sept. 14 before returning home to host Arizona Christian on Sept. 21 for the first GSAC match of 2017.

M - Soccer
Overall GSAC Streak
6-1-2 (.778) 2-0 (1.000) Won 2