SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- A surging Westmont men's soccer squad (8-5, 4-3 GSAC) is making the most out of their last cluster of contests in Golden State Athletic Conference play. Once again, the Warriors mustered up some magic in a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over The Master's (3-9-1, 2-5 GSAC) in Santa Clarita Tuesday afternoon.
"The Master's is a really difficult place to play," voiced Warrior head coach Dave Wolf. "Teams don't often leave here with victories. I think the fact that we were able to do just that is a real positive."
Although each crew had their respective opportunities, neither team struck pay dirt in the initial half of play. Westmont finished the first half with six total shots (three on goal) and two corners taken. The Master's concluded the first 45 with four shot attempts (one on goal) and four corners taken.
The second half of the match revealed much more offensive and defensive showmanship, starting with Westmont's diminutive sparkplug and leading goal scorer Nana Akyen.
Akyen recorded his fifth goal of the season when, in the 56th minute, Jonathan Yeeles played a ball to him out wide. Akyen corralled the ball, beat his man on the dribble, and curled a shot past the Mustangs' keeper.
The Warriors were taken by surprise just 19 seconds later when The Mustangs knotted up the match after a quick display of passing spawned a goal by Jorge Serrano.
Over the course of the last 35 minutes of the match, the Warriors withstood a fusillade of shots from The Master's. The Mustangs more than tripled their total number of shots from the first half, churning out 13 in the second, as well as increasing their corners taken to nine on the contest.
The Warriors also overcame an attempted penalty kick in the 80th minute after the ball missed the frame and went sailing over the cross bar. Westmont goalkeeper Josh Glover recorded six saves alone in the second half, the most any Warrior keeper has chronicled in a single half all season.
At the conclusion of 90 minutes, overtime was in order. Fortunately for the men in maroon, victory came a calling. In the 97th minute, two senior captains secured the decisive score as Marcos Lopez launched a set piece into the box where Rick McCarthy rose up and nodded it home.
With two consecutive wins in conference play, the Warriors are now in solid position within the GSAC, standing in third place behind first place Concordia and second place San Diego Christian, whom Westmont plays next.