October 25, 2011[box score]
El Cajon, CA-- With an outside chance of making the GSAC playoffs riding on
Tuesday’s game, the San Diego Christian College men’s soccer team took control
of the game early, but was unable to put the game away late, watching the
Vanguard University Lions take a 3-2 win on the SDCC campus.
SDCC (3-11-1, 1-7 GSAC) scored first, just over two minutes
into the game. SDCC's Justin Picou headed a corner kick from the Lions out of
the box to Leandro Vianna. Vianna controlled the ball and drilled a long pass
down the right side to the speedy Emmanuel Onywera. Onywera dribbled the ball
outside the box, before splitting two defenders on a pass to Victor Flores who
tapped a low cross into the back of the net to give the Hawks a 1-0 that they
would take into half.
VU got on the board in the 57th minute when a
corner kick was headed out of the box to Nikola Ilich. Ilich fired a shot that
was deflected off course, away from goalkeeper Alex Cozzi, and into the net.
The Lions struck again in the 63rd minute. Jack
Plummer dribbled the ball around midfield, heading into SDCC’s side of the
field. Seemingly out of nowhere, Plummer fired a shot from 30 yards out that
sailed just over the hands of Cozzi to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.
The Hawks, refusing to go away, knotted the game in the 77th
minute. After a Lion foul 35 yards out, Leandro Vianna delivered a free kick
toward the net. Goalkeeper Cody Adams could not handle the ball and the ball
bounced around before Picou collected it and placed it into the back of the
net,tying the game at 2-2.
Unfortunately, SDCC could not get the lead back. Vanguard
took the lead for good in the 81st minute when a pass down the
middle to Kyle O’Brien from Edgar Hernandez split the SDCC defenders and O’Brien
was able to slip the ball by Cozzi.
The Hawks had their chances late, including three shots in
the waning minutes that could not find the goal.
“We played well enough to win and had our chances,” said
Head Coach Carlos Calderson. “Overall, it was a great, exciting game and we
just got beat.“
SDCC continues their
season on Saturday at 2:30, hosting The Master’s College.