On an unseasonably hot afternoon at Thorrington field, Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-5-2, 2-0 PacWest) won its second game in a row by a score of 4-0, this time scorching the Sunbirds of Fresno Pacific (5-5, 2-2).
As a result, Westmont is the only undefeated team in PacWest play.
Neither team scored in the first half. Westmont held possession 54 percent of the first-half minutes but was unable to turn five shots into a goal.
It did not take long in the second half, however, for the Warriors to earn their first tally.
In the 50th minute, Braeden Pryor dribbled down the right touchline, taking the ball just short of the end line.
He then sent a diagonal pass in front of the goal. Graeme Jordan ran on the ball in full stride, striking it with his right foot from 14 yards out and sending it just under the crossbar.
It was Jorden’s first goal of the year.
Just a minute and one-half later, Westmont added another goal on a set piece. Matthew Morgan used his left foot to send a free kick in front of the goal.
The shot, from 25 yards out on the right side, found the head of Landon Amaral who flicked it into the net, giving Westmont a 2-0 lead.
In the 75th minute, Michael Stull took on nearly half the Sunbird squad all by himself, resulting in a 3-0 Warrior advantage.
Stull gained possession of a 50-50 ball and dribbled one-on-one toward the keeper. Stull veered off to the left end line, then doubled back.
From 12 yards out, Stull fired off a shot that passed not only the Sunbird keeper but four defenders as well.
The final goal came in the 88th minute after Leonel Olivo Ortiz intercepted a pass from the goalkeeper, then fired off a shot from 35 yards out that creased the back left corner of the netting.
With the win, Brady Highfill, who tallied four saves, recorded his third shutout in as many games. During that time he has faced 36 shots and produced 14 saves.
The Warriors continue PacWest play next week when they host the Cougars of Azusa Pacific (4-4-2, 1-1) as part of homecoming activities.
The men’s team will kick off the doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. with the women taking the field at 3:15 p.m.