El Cajon, Calif.—After playing to a scoreless tie in their first meeting of the season on October 3, the San Diego Christian College Hawks and Vanguard Lions were not without offense on Wednesday afternoon, as the Hawks defeated the Lions 3-1 on Senior Day at SDCC.
"Winning on senior day is a great feeling," said Senior Captain Brent Oglesby. "Having played with a lot of these guys for four years, and seeing how far our program has come in that time frame, it means a lot to get this win."
The Hawks got on the board first when Leandro Vianna converted a penalty kick at 22:01 to push San Diego Christian up 1-0.
Just over ten minutes later, the Hawks tacked on another goal when Emmanuel Padron sent a free kick to Andrew Robles in the box. Robles dribbled around a defender and connected with Oglesby who put the ball into the back right of the net. San Diego Christian maintained their 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
The second half was scoreless until VU's Kyle O'Brien cut the Hawks' lead in half in the 72nd minute. O'Brien drilled a shot that was blocked by SDCC's Ricky Ramirez. The ball came right back to O'Brien who slipped the ball past San Diego Christian goalkeeper Alex Cozzi.
Vanguard had one final shot in the 87th minute, but the Lions' Luis Valdivia's shot was stopped by Cozzi.
SDCC added one more goal with less than a minute left, when Eduardo Medina cleared a ball down the left side to a streaking Emmanuel Onywera. Onywera tapped the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper and into the empty net.
Vanguard outshot SDCC 13-12, while the Hawks maintained a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Cozzi played all 90 minutes, collecting three saves.
San Diego Christian is now 10-4-1 and 6-2-1 in the GSAC. The Lions fall to 6-8-1 and 4-3-2 in conference play. With the win, SDCC stays in second place in the GSAC with one game remaining. With a win on Saturday at Hope International, the Hawks would earn a first round bye and host a semifinal game on campus.