COSTA MESA, Calif. – With a winning streak to maintain, the Lions (9-2, 4-0) were hoping to make it four in a row by beating Menlo College (5-5-1, 1-3) and did just that. After 90 minutes, the Lions beat the Oaks, 4-0, who the Lions had lost to twice last season. Menlo went on to win the GSAC and was the lone team to represent the conference at the national tournament. This is the sixth match that the Lions have scored four or more goals during game action and the second consecutive 4-0 shutout victory for the team.
Jared Gould (SO/Prescott, AZ) earned his sixth goal of the season for the Lions in the 17th minute with a shot to the top right corner off an assist from Ruben Arellano, Jr. (SO/Hawthorne, CA) The Pride pushed the Oaks, and had 13 fouls called on them in the first half. That push gave Vanguard the edge not only in physicality but also emotion from the players. Joey Berry (FR/Laguna Hills, CA) gave Wilton Quintero (SR/Santa Barbara, CA) an assist that added a goal in the 43rd minute. Quintero's goal was his first of the season after coming back from an injury. The Lions left the first half leading 2-0.
The second half saw a slightly less assertive offense from the Lions, yet the Blue and Gold were able to add two more. First, in the 69th minute Gould was able to send the ball to Nahum Paz (SR/Costa Mesa, CA) for Paz's fourth goal of the season. Then, in the 78th minute, Martin Arrieta (JR/Pasadena, CA) crossed the ball to Miguel Tapia (SO/Fullerton, CA). Tapia scored his first goal of the season on a header, and gave Vanguard the final goal.
Overall the Lions had 18 fouls called in comparison to Menlo's 12. Three yellow cards were issued; one to Vanguard in the 43rd minute, and two to Menlo. Out of the Lion's 21 shots, 12 were on goal. Menlo got off seven shots, one of which gave Brandon Gomez (SR/Los Angeles, CA) the opportunity for a save.
Next Match: Thursday, October 5h at 4:00 p.m against The Master's University