COSTA MESA, Calif. – In a season rich with highs-and-lows, Vanguard shone in its final regular season home match-up of the year, out-playing and, consequently, upsetting Golden State Athletic Conference foe, 19th-ranked San Diego Christian, 2-1, in men's soccer action.
With the senior day victory, the Lions improve to 8-6-1 (4-4-1 GSAC). The Hawks drop to 12-3-2 (5-2-2 GSAC) with the loss.
Senior Andrew Sullivan (Huntington Beach, Calif.) made the most of his final home start, scoring a header off of a Zac Way (Lakewood, Calif.) corner just 1:30 in to play off to put VU up 1-0 on the Hawks.
The Lions extended their lead 27 minutes later on another set piece, as junior Brian Pautasso (Carson, Calif.) found the back of the net on a bobbled save by SDC's keeper Cameron Riley.
San Diego Christian cut the gap to one at the 40:18 mark on an Eder Robles goal following teammate Pedro Henrique's free kick.
Vanguard's offense out-produced SDC 10-7 in first half shot attempts and seemed to delegate the pace for the majority of the period.
The second half was a physical battle that featured 13 shots, but in the end, it was the Blue and Gold's defense that got the job done, containing the SDC offense for the final 45 minutes of play.
Sophomore Luca Licciardi (Sparks, Nev.) claimed the win in goal for the Pride.
Four VU seniors (Andrew Sullivan, Bryan Ponce, Brandon Antonissen & Josh Banta) were honored for their contributions to the men's soccer program prior to the contest.
Westmont will serve as Vanguard's final regular season opponent. The Lions' road match-up is scheduled for 3:00 pm on Nov. 2nd.