COSTA MESA, Calif. - No. 9 Vanguard handled business early in the longtime Golden State Athletic Conference women's soccer rivalry against No. 23 Concordia, defeating the Eagles 3-0 on the VU Soccer Field. Junior Jordan Davidson (Tucson, Ariz.), senior Rachel Rucireta (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and junior Veronica Aguilar (Los Angeles, Calif.) posted the Lions' goals and the NAIA Defensive Player of the Week, sophomore Lauren Terry (Corona, Calif.), registered her fifth shutout of the year in the Blue and Gold's seventh-straight victory.
Ten minutes into the opening half, Davidson zipped up the left side past multiple CUI defenders and blasted a shot across the field to notch Vanguard's first goal of the competition and her tenth score of the season.
Quick and accurate team passing put the Lions up by a pair at the 22:34 mark. Senior Lindsey Holman-Kelley (La Jolla, Calif.) stole the ball on the sideline to initiate the sequence, dishing to Davidson who hit senior Amanda Couch (Fair Oaks, Calif.) in the middle. Couch, the GSAC leader in assists, promptly crossed the ball to Rucireta on the right side. Rucireta wasted no time, swiftly collecting the ball and shooting one over the top of CUI's senior goalkeeper Bekah Garvin (Sonora, Calif.) to reward Couch's unselfishness.
At 33:38 junior Veronica Aguilar (Los Angeles, Calif.) found herself in a high-pressure penalty kick situation, but she made it look easy as she found the back of the net to tally the Pride's third of the contest.
Vanguard outshot Concordia 11-8 in the match. Terry recorded two saves as she clenched her seventh GSAC victory. She sits at 8-2 overall in 2012.
Davidson, Holman-Kelley and senior Lauren Skachenko (Chino Hills, Calif.) boasted three, two and two shots, respectively, to lead the Pride offense.