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Women's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 4, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Jazzmyn Esquivel scored HIU's lone goal after an assist by Leigha Willams
Jazzmyn Esquivel scored HIU's lone goal after an assist by Leigha Willams
Hope International
(6)Westmont College

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Hope International traveled north to face the top-ranked team in the GSAC on Wednesday, October 4 with a match against No. 6 Westmont on the Warriors' home pitch. The Royals battled back from an early deficit to tie the match before halftime, but a pair of late goals gave the Warriors a win on their turf.

HIU was the first team to threaten after an early run into Westmont territory ended with a shot that sailed left of the net in the opening minute of play. After jockeying with their top-ranked hosts for possession early in the match, HIU fell behind in the 23rd minute.

A ball played in from the right turned into a Westmont goal despite the effort of Jacqueline Talley – Talley played as well as could be asked in the one-on-one situation, cutting down the angle at near post for the Westmont player who threaded the needle to net the opening goal on the far post.

Seven minutes would pass before HIU was able to mount a counterattack after a failed Westmont set piece. Following a Warrior corner kick the Royals charged up the field and got on the board with a goal from Jazzmyn Esquivel.

Leigha Williams played the ball forward for Esquivel in the 31st minute and Esquivel leapt up and flicked on a header from just inside the 18-yard box into the left corner of the net along the far post, tying the match at 1-1 in the process.

Halftime came and went with the score still tied at 1-1, and the Royals began to play with increasing poise and confidence on offense as the game progressed. However, the Royals lost their concentration late on defense and the lapse in focus cost them the match.

With 20 minutes remaining in regulation the Warriors took the lead back after a Westmont forward beat the right side of the Royals' back line and pinned a shot into the net over the Royals' keeper. Less than five minutes later the Warriors repeated the trick on the same side of the field, breaking down the defense before switching the field and firing from the right this time, again pinning a shot on the far side for a 3-1 advantage.

The Royals did their best to rally from the deficit and were able to squeeze off several shots late in the match, but none found the back of the net and 3-1 proved to be the final in Santa Barbara. Esquivel's goal in the first was her tenth of the season as the junior captain continues to answer the bell for her teammates offensively.

The Royals fall to 6-4-2 overall and are now 3-1-1 in GSAC play while the Warriors improve to 10-1-1 and 4-0-1 in GSAC. HIU has two days to regroup and prepare for its next top-ranked test with a match at No. 9 The Master's in Santa Clarita on Saturday.

W - Soccer
Overall GSAC Streak
7-6-3 (.531) 4-3-2 (.556) Won 1