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Men's Soccer - Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Ryan Brown notched his seventh career shutout on Sept. 30 (Photo by Richard Brown)
Ryan Brown notched his seventh career shutout on Sept. 30 (Photo by Richard Brown)
Menlo College
(RV)Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – (RV) Hope International University hosted Menlo on Thursday, Sept. 28 in its third GSAC tilt of 2017 and came away with its third win in as many GSAC contests. The Royals grabbed an early lead that was never relinquished and held down the Oak forwards to notch their first shutout of the season.

HIU needed just under four minutes to net what would prove to be the game-winning goal on a set piece. After earning a corner kick on the left side, Bacilio Hernandez sent a ball beyond the goal to the right that was centered by Javier Loya for Kristian Saravia – Saravia took one touch and finished a shot straight on for his first career goal at HIU and his first game-winner to boot.

HIU kept up the pressure and added to the advantage minutes later after Shawn Dettmer played a ball into the box for Pedro Mendoza. Mendoza took the ball chipped in from the right and finished it passed a diving Menlo keeper for the 2-0 lead in the 12th minute, netting his 10th goal of the season in the process.

The Royals would continue to pressure the Oaks' back line and kept control of the tempo and possession for much of the opening half, but the Oaks did require Brown to make a pair of saves in the first half. HIU also added another tally as the first half was coming to a close after Alex Zuluaga and John Mejia worked a two-man game against the Oaks' keeper. Mejia took a ball played in from the left and pinned it into the right corner for the 3-0 lead with four minutes left in the half.

After the halftime intermission HIU went back to work on offense and scored its fourth goal of the afternoon less than three minutes into the second period. Mejia picked off a pass from the Oaks' back line deep in Menlo territory and beat the keeper one-on-one after avoiding the challenge, finishing the play with a strike moving right to left.

Coach Joe Lurker began to open the rotation and dug deeper into his bench with the 4-0 lead, eventually ensuring that all his field players saw time on the pitch in the shutout victory. Brown made three more saves in the second half to ice the shutout and HIU rolled through the second half to the win in regulation.

HIU is averaging 4.67 goals/game against GSAC foes this season after a pair of 5-2 victories last week and the 4-0 shutout this afternoon. The Royals improve to 7-1-2 overall with the 3-0 GSAC record while dropping Menlo to a 5-4-1 overall record with a 1-2 showing against GSAC opponents. The Royals are back on their home field this Saturday against William Jessup, while Menlo will wrap up its Southern California trek with a tilt at Vanguard in Costa Mesa.

M - Soccer
Overall GSAC Streak
10-4-2 (.688) 6-3 (.667) Won 2