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Men's Soccer - Sat, Oct. 20, 2012

Santa Barbara, Calif.—The San Diego Christian College men's soccer team scored late in regulation to tie the game, then used the luck of an own goal from Westmont to defeat the Warriors 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. The win keeps SDCC in second place in the GSAC standings.


The Hawks are now 9-4-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the GSAC. Westmont is now 5-7-1 overall and 2-5-1 in conference play.


San Diego Christian came out firing in the first half, getting off eight shots before intermission. However, the Hawks were stymied by Westmont goalkeeper Matthew McNab who collected three first half saves.


Despite playing a man down after a red card was issued in the 29th minute, the Warriors took the lead in the 66th minute when Marcos Lopez was able to get a header past Hawks' keeper Cameron Riley.


Westmont tried to keep the ball away from the Hawks, but SDCC finally found the net in the 82nd minute when Justin Picou's fifth goal of the season tied the game at 1-1 with only a few minutes left in regulation.


In the first overtime, San Diego Christian was able to attempt two shots, with neither getting past McNab. With only :24 left on the clock, SDCC's Emmanuel Padron delivered a hard cross into the box. As the ball reached the box, the ball hit a Westmont defender and deflected past McNab and into the goal, giving SDCC the 2-1 win.


The Hawks controlled the ball, outshooting the Warriors 24-6, including 9-6 in shots on goal.


Riley played the entire game in goal for the Hawks, improving to 7-2-1 on the season.


San Diego Christian continues their season with their home finale on Wednesday, October 24 against Vanguard.  Westmont will travel to Hope International for a 3:00 game the same day.