The men’s soccer team beats the Kingsmen, 3-0.
Grady Lee Thomas
The men’s soccer team overwhelmed Cal Lutheran, 3-0, in a game that was readily controlled by the Leopards from the start.
The Leopards seemed to be in midseason form; connecting precise passes to one another and attempting a total of nineteen shots on goal.
The Leopards worked very well as a team throughout the game and displayed a professional style of play.
“We executed what we wanted to do – pass a lot and keep possession of the ball,” said Jonathyn Lomeli, sophomore goalkeeper. “Defensively, we did our thing. This game, we found the right style of play that we want to finish the year with: pass the ball a lot and get more opportunities to score.”
The Leopards’ first goal came in the opening minutes of game play, on a nice play by senior forward Mike Mancilla.
Shortly after, with the help of sophomore forward Jonathon Cabrera, teammate Taylor Hart, was able to score a goal that gave the Leopards a 2-0 lead to close out the first half.
“We played with a lot of movement, instead of panicking and losing the ball,” said Taylor Hart, senior defenseman. “We will be able to catch more teams off guard, by making them chase the ball instead of being so direct.”
“We struggled to find a style, but now that we have learned more about each other, we will have a good chance come conference play,”Hart said.
The temperature at Ben Hines Field was not the only thing boiling, as tempers began to escalate.
Both teams accounted for numerous penalties and one yellow card each, all of which were in the first half.
The second half saw much of the same assertive defensive play from both teams.
Only this time, it led to the Leopards receiving three additional yellow cards.
Nahavi Mendoza also played well, totaling six shots on goal and scoring on one of them, when senior defenseman, Donn Capps, assisted the strike.
Mendoza’s goal gave the Leopards the game’s final score to cap the 3-0 win.
“Our team played together today. They could have scored more than three goals, but they still played a good game,” Mike Lindsey, soccer fan and senior business administration major said.
Saturday afternoon’s victory marks the squad’s first home shutout and second win in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
La Verne continued with conference play on Thursday, as they took on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
The Stags edged out the Leopards, 2-1, in a game that went into overtime.
The next game for La Verne (2-5-1) will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Pasadena against Caltech (4-2-2). Followed by two more road games at Pomona-Pitzer and Redlands.
Grady Lee Thomas can be reached at email@example.com.