Riverside, CA - After a disappointing loss to Soka University this past Sunday, the Golden Eagles bounced back in a big way, scoring eight goals in an 8-1 conference win over Simpson University. The eight goals matches their season high, when they scored eight goals in a win over Pacific Union College a couple of weeks ago.
The Golden Eagles jumped on the scoreboard first with a goal from Kenneth Henry (assist by Edgar Padilla) in the 4th minute.
Simpson tied the score at 1-1 on an own goal scored by La Sierra, in the 11th minute. But the Golden Eagles regained the lead for good when Jonas Ornelas scored in the 34th minute, on an assist by Henry.
Despite possessing the ball and spending most of the first half in their offensive zone, La Sierra took a slim 2-1 lead into halftime. The Golden Eagles had 18 total shots in the first half to only one for the Red Hawks.
But it was in the second half that the Golden Eagles capitalized on many of their scoring opportunities. They scored a total of six goals in the second half, starting with Henry's second of the match, in the 57th minute, on a pass from Padilla.
One minute later, Henry completed his second hat-trick of the season with a goal, assisted by Josue Meza. Padilla scored the fifth goal, in the 61st, with Henry picking up the assist.
Rounding out the scoring was Joel Mendoza who scored the sixth and eighth goals (assists by Henry) and Roman Santiago scored the seventh goal, and his first goal of the season (assisted by Fredy Diaz).
The Golden Eagles defense allowed just four shots on goal, on six total shots. Even more impressive was the fact that three of the four shots on goal occurred in the same series. In the second half, Simpson had one of their few scoring opportunities, but goalkeeper Alonso Lara was ready, as he scrambled to make three consecutive and spectacular saves, to keep the ball out of the net.
For Henry, it is his second hat trick of the season. He scored his first hat trick in the win over Pacific Union. His three goals and four assists (10 points) set a La Sierra record for most points scored in one match.
The men's soccer team improves to 3-1 in Cal Pac play (3-3 overall) win today's win. They will resume play with another Cal Pac match-up, next Friday, September 17, when they host Menlo College. Next Friday's match is set for a 2pm start.