LANCASTER, Calif. – Senior Kayla Arenas (Fullerton, Calif.) broke the Vanguard school record for goals scored by a women's soccer player in a single game Thursday night as she netted five against University of Antelope Valley in the first-ever match-up between the two squads. Newcomer Jennifer Martin (La Mirada, Calif.) also played a huge role in the Lions' 13-0 victory, dishing out a commendable five assists in the contest, while scoring her first career goal for No. 4-ranked Vanguard.
"I feel like I have worked really hard these last few weeks to try and get better," Arenas said. "Obviously, my teammates have helped me with that and I would never have been able to do it without them. After I got my first two goals I was determined to get the third, and after that, I suppose I just kept trying to get more."
Junior Lauren Terry (Corona, Calif.) (2-0) and senior Paige Sikes (Buena Park, Calif) snagged the combined shut-out for protecting the Pride's net in the affair. The Blue and Gold defense allowed a solitary shot on goal in the game and it was denied by Terry.
Vanguard out-fired UAV 40-4 on the night and managed 22 shots on target. Arenas boasted a team-high 10 shots and freshman Kelsea Arenado (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was not far behind with seven of her own tries.
Eight of the Lions' shots found the back of the net in the opening period, with the earliest being an unassisted Arenas' gem just 46 seconds into play. The next belonged to Martin, who was assisted by 2012 NAIA First Team All-American Jordan Davidson (Tucson, Ariz.) at 9:34. Arenas struck again four minutes later on a pass from sophomore transfer Liliana Ruiz (Madera, Calif.) and sophomore defender Ashley McCutcheon (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) blasted one in by way of another Martin pass to make it 4-0 before the clock hit 20:00.
At the 23:17 mark Arenas secured the first-half hat-trick courtesy of Martin and senior midfielder Megan Hill (Walnut Hill, Calif.) took a piece of the pie just over 13 minutes later to put Vanguard up five via an Arenado dish. Arenas repaid an earlier debt with less than a minute to play in the period, setting up Ruiz for her first goal as a Lion while adding an assist to her own prolific line.
Arenas and Martin somehow came up with another before the opening half expired and Martin kept her generous streak going right out of the gate in the second as she facilitated a Janell Koide (Fremont, Calif.) score 22 seconds after the Blue and Gold took to the field.
Freshman Meghan Stoll (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Arenas tacked on back-to-back unassisted goals to make it 11-0 but Martin must have felt left out of the action because she presented Stoll with her second net of the game (and of her career) three minutes later to extend VU's advantage to 12.
The final point of the night came from Koide, who became one of three Lions' players to score multiple goals in the competition.
Arenas currently boasts six goals in the first two matches of her senior campaign.
With the win, Vanguard improves to 2-0 and extends its winning streak to 16 games. The Pride will go for 17 on the road against Marymount College on September 6 at 2:00 p.m.