Riverside, CA - Looking to recover from a disappointing loss at Biola University earlier in the week, the Golden Eagles played host to Pacific Union College. Tonight's match, which was originally to be played at Pacific Union College, was a re-scheduled match from August 19. Pacific Union College, who was awaiting eligibility determination for some of their student-athletes, agreed to move the game to La Sierra during their scheduled Southern California trip. La Sierra grabbed the early lead, less than two minutes into the match on a penalty kick by Cole King, and they never looked back, going on to win the match in convincing fashion, 7-0.
Aside from the early penalty kick, both teams struggled finding their rhythm in the match. The Golden Eagles were on the attack, but were called for a total of 15 offside violations, with the majority of them being called in the first half. But in the 33rd minute, it was Jordan Davis, who scored for the Golden Eagles on a header, on a rebound off of the crossbar, to give La Sierra a two-goal lead going into the half.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles broke the match open with five goals. Playing a man down, due to a red card late in the first half, La Sierra used patience and passing to break the match open. Dakota Shelton started the second half scoring with a header (49th minute), that found the back of the net, off of a corner kick from Diego Fontes. With the Golden Eagles leading 3-0, they would go on a tear that would see them score three goals in a matter of three minutes. Capitalizing off of a couple Pioneers turnovers, deep in the offensive zone, Roman Santiago scored two of the goals in the 60th and 61st minute.Fontes, who is currently leading the nation in totals assists (6), picked up his second assist of the match on the first goal scored by Santiago. Ruben Solis found the back of the net, unassisted, in the 63rd minute. And closing out the scoring for the Golden Eagles was sophomore Kenneth Henry who squeezed the ball inside the near post on a pass from Anthony Trevino.
The Pioneers were held to just one total shot (a shot on
goal) for the entire match. In
comparison, the Golden Eagles finished the match with 39 total shots, with 24
shots on goal. But it was only some
sterling saves by Pioneers goalie Randy Castanaza that kept the Golden Eagles
from reaching double-digits in goals scored.
Castanaza finished the match with 17 saves.
All four of La Sierra's wins have come by way of the shut-out. The Golden Eagles currently lead the nation with the most shut-outs on the season.
With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 4-2 on the season. On Tuesday, the team will travel to San Diego Christian College to face the Hawks for the first time this season. La Sierra defeated San Diego Christian, 2-1, last season. The Hawks are currently 3-2 on the season. The Golden Eagles will play their second of five home matches on Sunday, September 23, when they play host to Marymount College, at 6pm.