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Men's Soccer - Thu, Oct. 5, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Pedro Mendoza scored his 11th goal of 2017 at Westmont (Photo courtesy of Brad Elliot)
Pedro Mendoza scored his 11th goal of 2017 at Westmont (Photo courtesy of Brad Elliot)
(RV)Hope International
Westmont College

SANTA BARBARA, CA – (RV) Hope International traveled north on Thursday, Oct. 5 to face off against the Westmont Warriors on the Warriors' home pitch. The Royals were able to tie the match midway through the second half and forced overtime but the host team Westmont carried the day.

Neither side was able to net a goal in the opening period of play in Santa Barbara despite good opportunities for both teams. Westmont may have had the best chance in the opening half after being awarded a penalty kick in the 20th minute, but HIU keeper Ryan Brown stood tall and made the save with a diving stop.

Shortly thereafter the Warriors had a three-on-one opportunity on a counterattack after a failed set piece by HIU, but some crafty defense by Rafael Arroyo and Brown broke up the dangerous play and ensured a 0-0 draw at the break.

After the halftime intermission both teams put their halftime adjustments into play and continued to test for weaknesses on defense. Finally, Westmont was able to capitalize on a cross from the left side as a man went unmarked on the far side and put the ball passed Brown into the left side of the net.

Less than four minutes would go by before the Royals netted an equalizer. The Royals' junior captain Pedro Mendoza netted his 11th goal of the season in the 64th minute after carrying the ball to the left, spinning, and firing a shot into the upper V of the goal for the 1-1 tie.

Both teams would have chances to pull ahead in the closing minutes of regulation and the home team, Westmont, would outshoot HIU with eight extra chances before the final horn, but at the end of 90 minutes the two sides were still tied at 1-1.

HIU did not get a shot off in overtime, and after a pair of Westmont attempts were turned away the home team ended the match in the 94th minute with a strike from outside the box. A Warriors striker beat his defender in the middle of the field before driving left and firing the opposite way into the right side of the net for the walk-off winner.

HIU falls to 4-1 in GSAC play and is now 8-2-1 overall, while Westmont improves to tie HIU at 4-1 in GSAC and 5-2-3 overall. HIU will have a day to rest and regroup before heading north again to face No. 24 The Master's on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Santa Clarita.

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