COSTA MESA, Calif. – After a split road trip to Georgia, the Lions (4-1) were back at home to play Whittier College (0-1). Even with blistering heat, the Lions were back to their usual play and had 24 shots with 12 shots on goal. That forcefulness paid off as Vanguard secured a 3-1 victory as starting goalkeeper Brandon Gomez (SR/Los Angeles, CA) pitched a shutout for the first 55 minutes of the contest as both teams would split time amongst goalies in this affair. Vanguard owns a 2-0 record over Whittier College in the two meetings before the institutions since 2011.
The Pride was full force right off the bat with 14 shots in the first half. In the 24th minute, the Lions pushed forward to give Nahum Paz (SR/Costa Mesa, CA) the first goal for the Lions off an assist from Ruben Arellano. Gomez kept the defense strong as he started in goal. Despite only grabbing two saves, Gomez was pivotal in his direction of the Lions from the goal box. The Lions kept control of the ball, and limited the Poets to only seven shots in the first half.
After the break, the Lions were back for more. The second half a strong command of the field as well. In the 50th minute, Jared Gould (SO/Prescott, AZ) was able to break through the defense and tipped the ball over to Sebastian Cortez (JR/Hawthorne, CA). Cortez sent the ball sailing effortlessly into the back of the net and the Lions were up 2-0. Two minutes later, Brian Torres (SR/Huntington Beach, CA) and Martin Arrieta (JR/Pasadena, CA) were racing up the field in similar fashion. Torres broke through before sending the ball to Arrieta for the goal. With a 3-0 lead in the 55th minute, Gomez was subbed out for Victor Negrete (FR/Stanton, CA). The Lions kept the Poets scoreless until there was only 13 minutes left. The Poets were able to score a goal, but the Lions kept them at 3-1.
Both the Lions and the Poets were aggressive on the field. The Lions had nine fouls called while the Poets had 10, and one yellow card was issued to Allen Castro (SO/Placentia, CA). The Lions took 10 corners and limited the Poets to three.
Next Match: Monday, September 4 at 4:00 p.m against University of Antelope Valley