Lane propels LV to victory
October 24, 2003
With the season coming to a close, and the playoffs looming in the weeks
ahead, each and every game is of the highest importance, and the University
of La Verne men's soccer team is up to the challenge.
Behind a Steven Lane goal and excellent team defense, the Leopards up-ended
the Poets from Whittier College, 1-0, to improve their record to 4-9-1,
Saturday at Poet Stadium.
The game was the exact opposite from the first time the Leopards and
Poets squared off.
That game was a scoring affair, as the Leopards recorded a commanding
8-1 victory on Sept. 24.
Lane has scored all the Leopards goals in the past two games, finishing
with a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Caltech Oct. 15.
"Steve is a young man who has lots of talent," head coach
Cres Gonzalez said. "Once he matures a little bit more, he will be
a phenomenal player, probably one of the best in the conference."
The victory improves ULV's conference mark to 4-4 on the season, with
the University of Redlands leading the conference with a perfect 8-0 record.
Both teams came out of the gates slowly, as neither mounted any type
of an offensive threat that would even net a scoring opportunity. The two
defenses attacked one another, using textbook take-outs and slide tackles.
The second half was much of the same until Lane busted through the Poet
defense for the game-winning goal and the victory for the Leopards.
Leopard goalkeeper Luis Mendoza did his job, as he turned away everything
that the Poets shot at him. In the game, Mendoza finished with eight saves.
The victory over the Poets was short lived, when the Leopards entered
their next match with Pomona-Pitzer, the third-place team in the conference.
The Sagehens exploded on the Leopard squad with four goals, as they
dropped them to below .500 in the conference, with a resounding 4-1 victory
in blazing heat, Wednesday afternoon at Ben Hines Field.
"We have a real young team and sometimes it is hard for us to stay
focused the entire game," Gonzalez said. "We had a lot of mental
mistakes that we need to eliminate."
The Leopards started the game off on a good note as Chet Jusakul took
a soaring shot that found its way over the head of Pomona's goalie for the
early 1-0 Leopard lead.
"I received the pass and I saw that their keeper was out, so I
was just trying to shoot it over his head," Jusakul said.
Jusakul's goal came in the 33rd minute of the first half and held up
for the 1-0 halftime lead.
Everything about the start of the second half spelled trouble as the
Sagehens scored two goals within the first 15 minutes of the half.
Freshmen Matthew Sauter and senior Netza Bravo scored to give Pomona-Pitzer
the quick 2-1 lead.
"We were not helping each other out," Jusakul said. "We
also did not communicate the way we should have been."
The hits kept on coming as the Sagehens continued to dominate the field
of play and added some insurance with two more goals.
This time, senior Christopher Hunter found the back of the net as did
Bravo, with his second goal of the game, giving the Sagehens a commanding
4-1 lead that would not falter.
Not all is lost though for the mighty Leopards, as they are still on
track to accomplish their season-long goal.
"Our goal this season was to finish .500 in conference," Gonzalez
"We just need to let this game go and move on," he said.
With the goal in mind, the Leopards have four games left to accomplish
what they set out to do.
"I'm extremely impressed with the overall improvement of this team,
and I look forward to the future,"Gonzalez said.