Men’s soccer beats Sagehens,
|Posted Oct. 26, 2007|
The last home game for the University of La Verne’s men’s soccer team against Pomona-Pitzer proved to be memorable for its players and historic for the University.
For its Homecoming game Saturday at Ben Hines Field, the men’s soccer team honored its senior players at its last home game of the season and defeated the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, 2-0.
ULV has not defeated Pomona-Pitzer in 19 years and this game alone was quite a victory for the team.
“It was a great feeling,” senior defender Guillermo Garcia said.
Both goals scored by ULV were scored in the first half of the game.
Senior midfielder Kiko Escobedo scored the first goal for ULV at the 23rd minute.
Just eight minutes later in the first half, a goal was made by freshman forward Mauro Veyna.
“I think we executed. We had a plan and the players executed,” head coach Cres Gonzalez said. “I think they came out, played hard and led the team. We won.”
Both La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer gave it their all on Saturday and tried their best at scoring goals.
Throughout the entire game 13 shots were made by La Verne, which was an impressive tally compared to Pomona-Pitzer’s four shots.
Several were missed and others were blocked by the goalkeepers from both teams.
La Verne’s goalkeeper freshman Luis Moran managed to save several goal attempts by the Pomona-Pitzer.
The Sagehens put up a good fight as they always do, but this time the Leopards came out on top.
Pomona-Pitzer was given an opportunity to score due to a penalty shot after a yellow card was given to La Verne’s midfielder Andrew Tillehkooh.
The Sagehens’ best chance to score was diminished when they were unable to capitalize on the penalty and missed the kick to keep the Leopards ahead.
This game proved to be bittersweet for the seniors who were playing their last game on their home field.
“It’s sad to know that I’m not going to play here again. But it feels good to come out and win,” senior midfielder Beto Valle said.
During halftime the senior players were honored by being presented with their jerseys as facts about their collegiate athletic career were announced.
Each player was congratulated by his family on the field.
“I’m glad that I’ve had four great years here. I’m glad where the senior class has brought the program. Good to end on a good note,” senior forward Andrew Dorsey said.
Players from the 1987 team – the last Leopards team to win the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship – were also honored during halftime.
Both this win and a victory over Redlands earlier in the season are especially memorable for several of the players.
“They (Redlands) have won the league five years in a row. It felt good,” senior Andrew Tillehkooh said.
His teammates agree that beating Redlands was rewarding and memorable.
“Now that we beat those teams (Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer), we have beat every team at least once,” said Dorsey.
The team plans to go out with a bang this season and it is obvious that they are getting a step closer with each game.
The win puts the team in third place in SCIAC, at 7-7-2 overall and 7-4-1 in conference.
“Our goal was to win conference and to get in tournament and win tournament,” Gonzalez said. “We should be able to get in and win it. We are very capable of doing that.”
The seniors also have high hopes for the end of their last season.
“We want to get into the playoffs. Just take it one game at a time,” said Garcia.
The Leopards now face their last two games of the season in which they will play conference foes Whittier and Cal Lutheran in road contests.
However due to the wildfire conditions, the game originally scheduled for Oct. 24 against Whittier has been postponed to Oct. 29.
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