Men's soccer sets program record at 6-0
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Before Saturday night’s game against Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), no team in Westmont men’s soccer program history had ever started a season 6-0. After 90 minutes on Saturday, the same can no longer be said. With a pair of goals from junior Tyler Young, the men came away with a 2-0 win on a brisk night in Illinois, their biggest win of the year so far.
The Warriors set out on their highly anticipated road trip with something that they had yet to possess all season: national expectations, coming in ranked as the eighth best team in the NAIA. The men assured us all that even after this huge road win along with the high ranking, their approach has not changed at all.
“The first thing we talked about after the game was that we’re not done,” said team captain Tim Heiduk. “We don’t want the fact that we started off 6-0 to be the highlight of our season. We want to keep this going as long as we can.” The team spoke early this season about its goal to start the season 5-0. Now with that, plus one, in the rear-view mirror, the goal is one game at a time.
Getting that first road win on such a highly anticipated weekend for the Warriors felt extra special to the team, as highlighted by man of the match Young. “Winning five games in a row at home is great, but I’m stoked to see us be able to showcase our talent and chemistry on the road as well,” he said. The junior did not even wait five minutes to put his squad up one, as he took advantage of an early misplay before finding the back of the net. The next 75 minutes were some of the most intense for the team all season; with a one-goal lead against a talented Olivet Nazarene squad, the defense was able to do just enough to fend off their attempts for the equalizer. When the defense did falter, however, there was nothing to worry about as keeper Lalo Delgado refused to give up the shutout. Delgado, who kept his scoreless streak going now at four games, came away with seven saves. In the 81st minute, Young once again found the back of the net to put the nail in the coffin, resulting in his team leading fifth goal of the season. Young, who tore his ACL halfway through his freshman year, appears to have become the man that the Westmont squad knew they’d need him to be.
“It felt so good to be able to see the ball hit the back of the net twice,” said Young. “I finally feel like my old self after that ACL injury, and moving forward I’m just really excited to see how far we can take this thing.”
On Thursday, the Warriors head up to San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly at Spanos Stadium, one of the most prominent venues in college soccer. Against a NCAA D1 program, on the road and under the lights, there’s no way a small NAIA team can even put up a fight, much less win this game, right? It seems like an easy answer, but with the heart this team has shown all year, the question must be asked: in a year that appears most improbable, can the impossible happen?