COSTA MESA, Calif. - The Vanguard women's soccer team does not have trouble scoring. Three matches into the season, the program has also demonstrated that it does not have trouble preventing its opponents from scoring either. Friday's contest at the VU Soccer Field reinforced both assertions as the Lions scored six goals and held Soka University of America scoreless.
The 6-0 victory began the way that 2012 women's soccer games do, with a Jordan Davidson (Tucson, Ariz.) goal. This particular one was courtesy of a nice pass up the right sideline from senior Amanda Couch (Fair Oaks, Calif.) which Davidson shot past Soka goalkeeper Katie Olsen at the 8:54 mark.
A little over 23 minutes elapsed before junior Megan Hill (Walnut Creek, Calif.) set senior Jordan Cleary (Alta Loma, Calif.) up with a ball that put Cleary in position to beat Olsen one-on-one and resulted in the Lions' second score of the match.
Not five minutes later, sophomore Jacqueline Freiberger (Costa Mesa, Calif.) found the back of the net by way of a crossed ball from junior Veronica Aguilar (Los Angeles, Calif.) which hit a Soka defender before bouncing into the bottom right corner of the goal.
The fourth put away of the half was Davidson's second of the day and fifth of the year. Junior Kayla Arenas (Fullerton, Calif.) made it possible with a well-placed pass and Davidson was able to place one over Olsen's head to give VU the 4-0 advantage.
Before Soka could gather itself, the Lions were back on the prowl with Davidson leading the fast break and Aguilar flying up the middle just in time to gather the cross and blast one into the left hand corner to put Vanguard up by five at the break.
The second half would prove less eventful for the offense, which scored just one more at the 48:21 mark when Hill garnered her second assist of the day, this time to Couch, who snuck a slow roller into the right side of the net.
Vanguard's defense shut down nearly all offensive production by Soka, allowing just two attempts in the match. Junior Paige Sikes (La Palma, Calif.) and sophomore Lauren Terry (Corona, Calif.) split time in the Lions' goal and each recorded a save for The Pride. Senior Lauren Evans (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) emerged as a vocal leader and took charge of the defense, not often allowing Soka onto the back line's end of the field.
With the win the Blue and Gold improve to 3-0. The team is set to travel to Lee University for the Lady Flames Classic, where Vanguard will face Olivet Nazarene University on September 13th at 5:00pm.