COSTA MESA, Calif. – Vanguard soccer found much success on the field this year team wide, but individually, four Lions were recognized as Honorable Mention players on the NAIA All-American teams. Juan Arellano (SR/Hawthorne, CA) backs up his Second Team berth a year ago with an Honorable Mention ranking while Madison Lopp (JR/Anaheim, CA), Haley Bruce (SO/San Diego, CA), and Haley Magana (SO/Los Alamitos, CA) secured spots for the first time in their careers.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Three members of the Vanguard University soccer teams have added another list to their academic achievements. Kristen Lum (SR/Honolulu, HI), Nahum Paz (JR/Costa Mesa, CA), and Erica Wadell (JR/Yucaipa, CA) have been named NAIA Scholar Athletes to go along with the GSAC Scholar Athlete Awards they won in November. Lum, a Biology major with a 3.88 GPA, is a repeat winner from last year, while Wadell (an astronomical 3.96 grade point average in Communications) and Paz (a 3.53 GPA while studying Business Administration) join this season, as they are now of junior standing. To qualify as a NAIA Scholar Athlete they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
In an ongoing effort to show Vanguard student-athletes as more than just a number in a jersey, Vanguard Athletics is pleased to announce a new regular web series titled "A Lions Heart". In this, the student-athlete takes the reigns discussing their relationship with Christ, their Vanguard experience, and a little more about their daily life.
LA MIRADA, Calif. – For the second time in less than a week, the Lions (11-5-1) competed in a do-or-die match in the GSAC Tournament and both of the games could not be decided in regulation. The high scoring affair for the first 50 minutes of the game settled down as the game-winning goal was netted by Menlo College (14-4-1) just 4:25 into the overtime period.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – The Golden State Athletic Conference released the latest edition of Players of the Week, and the Lions swept both awards for men's soccer. Brandon Gomez (JR/Los Angeles, CA) earns his second straight Defensive Player of the Week and fourth overall this season. Juan Arellano (SR/Hawthorne, CA) had an impressive showing in the Conference Tournament First Round to take home the recognition for the first time this year. Gomez, was crucial in the Blue and Gold beating Biola in the penalty kick shootout as he blocked two of the Eagles shots and them calmly sank the game-winning PK. Meanwhile, Arellano was just as necessary as he scored the first two goals of the day for the Pride and drilled a successful penalty kick just before Gomez.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Intense. The first word that comes to mind when talking about Biola (10-6-1) and Vanguard's GSAC Tournament First Round contest is intensity. Neither team wanted to blink, as their seasons rested on the outcome of this game. After a 3-3 tie in the end of double overtime, the game moved into a shootout where the Lions (11-4-1) came out victorious behind Brandon Gomez (JR/Los Angeles, CA)'s PK shot.