Men's soccer grabs 2-0 win

Campus Times
November 8, 1996

by Kimberly Marshel
Staff Writer

Nothing but clouds hung over Ben Hines Field Tuesday when the University of La Verne men's soccer team took on the Tigers of Occidental. And cold weather quickly followed, making it difficult for both teams to get warmed up.

The game was scoreless at the end of regulation, until the Leopards saw a little sunlight, scoring two goals in overtime to win 2-0.

The game began rocky with the Leopards not being able to put the ball to feet. However, the Tigers could not capitalize in the air or on the ground so the game remained scoreless.

During the first half, much of the game was played at midfield, with both teams having trouble completing the pass. At one point, the Occidental goalkeeper came out of the box to challenge a shot, but the ball was sent high, clearly missing the net.

Most of the excitement revolved around the aggressive play by La Verne who had ample yellow cards throughout the game.

The second half for La Verne came up empty as well, as the team continuously missing shot after shot. A bright spot for the Leopards proved to be their defense and the outstanding play of goalkeeper Tim Kyle.

At the end of the regulation, it was clear that both teams were very tired and wanted to go home, but it was La Verne who made the first move.

With 8:58 left in the first half of overtime, junior half back Aaron Jones scored when he deflected in a shot by sophomore Sean Piazza that bounced off the goalkeeper to make the score 1-0.

Occidental, who whined the entire game begging for fouls, let their mouths get in the way of their play and once again the Leopards made them pay.

In the second half of overtime, ULV did it again. With 8:07 left to play, freshman midfielder Armando Hernandez sent a beautiful through ball to Darrin Soliday who tapped it along to Jones who scored his second goal of the match right through the keeper.

That was all she wrote for the Tigers.

On Saturday, La Verne took on the Poets of Whittier and lost, 3-2, on a penalty kick to the host Poets.

La Verne's record is now 3-14 overall going into yesterday's season finale against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags on Ben Hines Field.