Riverside, CA - The Golden Eagles men's soccer team jumped back in action this evening after a relatively successful trip to northern California this past weekend. La Sierra played host to Bethesda University in tonight's match-up. And despite the brisk and breezy conditions, the Golden Eagles pulled out a 2-0 win, for their second straight victory and third straight match without a loss.
It was a physical match throughout, but Roman Santiago put the Golden Eagles on the board with an unassisted goal in the 15th minute. It was a well struck ball, approximately 10 yards outside the box, that sailed over the goalkeepers head and into the net.
"The boys played well," said coach Jesse Olivas. "Our midfield had a great game and helped us create plenty of chances."
La Sierra would take the 1-0 lead into the half before eventually sealing the victory with an insurance goal midway through the second half. The goal was scored when Dakota Shelton attacked the zone with some space on the right wing. Shelton, crossed a pass looking to connect with a streaking Edgar Padilla who was able to get just enough of a touch on the ball to sneak it by the Bethesda goalkeeper.
But the story of the night has to be the stellar play in goal by Peter Martinez, who started his third straight match, and picked up a shut-out victory. Martinez, with the help of his defenders, made some crucial saves to deny Bethesda. "Pete along with our defense did a great job to keep them off the scoreboard," added Olivas. Bethesda created numerous scoring opportunities but they were unable to capitalize.
La Sierra bumps their record up to 6-7-1. They are back in action this coming Sunday afternoon at Marymount College, starting at 3pm.