Rocklin, CA - Down a goal with 15 minutes to play, Hope International exploded for four unanswered goals to earn a 5-2 over William Jessup on Saturday. Sophomore Angel Ayala scored two goals, including the game winner, just over two minutes apart.
The first half was a little lighter on the action as the teams combined for only eight first half shots.
But the Warriors (0-2) cashed in on one of their opportunities in minute 14 of the contest. Following a Hope International foul and yellow card just outside the box, William Jessup's Kyle Sakurada knocked home the free kick.
At the break, freshmAn goalkeeper Sergio Paz recorded one save, finishing with three total saves for the match.
Eight minutes into the second half, junior Chris Tyler connected with senior Bryan Escareno for the game tying goal.
However, exactly a minute later, William Jessup answered with a goal as Sakurda converted his second goal of the match to take back the lead at 2-1.
The Royals (1-2) found themselves playing catch up for the next 21 minutes. However, thanks to the benefit of some good ball movement sophomore Eduardo Zavala and Ayala set sophomore Emmanuel Quintero up for the equalizer. The goal for Quintero was the first of his collegiate career.
Nine minutes later, Ayala decided that Hope International needed the win as he buried the game winning goal. Twos minute later, Ayala added an insurance goal.
For good measure, junior Efrain Alonso added his first Hope International goal to put the game out of reach with about two minutes and 15 seconds left to play.
Hope International rattled off 10 seconds half shots with eight of them on goal (five goals and three saves).
The Royals will stay up in the Sacramento/San Francisco area until Monday when they meet up with Pacific Union at 4:00pm on Labor Day.