In battle of unbeatens, Westmont blanked Antelope Valley, 3-0, on Saturday at Thorrington Field to improve to 5-0 on the soccer season.
Sam Tuscano scored from 30 yards out in the first and the Warriors added two goals in the second on Francisco “Panchito” Castro penalty kick and a nifty middle dribble and score in the penalty area from Lucky Puengrod.
“Going in we knew it was going to take some quality play to win this game,” said Westmont coach Dave Wolf. “We had a tough time with them last year and they are a very good opponent. They’ve beaten and tied two GSAC (Golden State Athletic Conference) teams already this year. I’m glad we were able to produce enough moments to get the result.”
While the goals were nice, Wolf was pleased about the clean sheet.
“The more important number to me in today’s score is the zero just because I know as we get into the deeper phases of the season that number becomes the important one,” said Wolf. “We’ve been fortunate to get goals and it’s nice to be scoring at the clip that we are, but not every game goes that way. Sometimes, the well runs dry and you have to be able to win a 1-0 game in a tough environment. I like the fact that we’ve pitched a few shutouts.”
Wolf was complimentary of his backline and also praised an unlikely group for their contribution to the Warriors’ third consecutive shutout.
“I thought Zach (Godeck) made a lot of good decisions today about when to pass short, pass long, or when to clear it. He got all of that right today.” Continued Wolf: “Then we got some good defending from our attacking group. Jona Romero and Sean Nakaoka have just been on such good form this year and Pancho’s work-rate defensively today was awesome. We know he’s a threat to score, but I was even more impressed with the work he did in getting back, the number of plays he broke up and disrupted.
Saturday’s win was also a milestone for the Warriors and Coach Wolf as they became the first Westmont men’s soccer team since 1999 to begin the season with a 5-0 record.
Westmont men’s soccer plays next Saturday in Bourbonnais, Ill. against No. 19 Olivet Nazarene (1-1-1).