Red Hawks earn first conference victory of the season
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Red Hawks men's soccer team took to the field on Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Warriors of William Jessup University. The game was a hard fought match that saw both teams have plenty of scoring chances, but it was the Red Hawk who came out the 1-0 victors on a late goal.
In the first half both teams had plenty of chances but both goalkeepers, Tim Rusher for the Warriors and Justin Webb for the Red Hawks, had great stops to keep the match level at 0-0 at the half.
The second half was tense as both teams could have scored and either narrowly missed or had their chance saved yet again. The play became very physical as neither side wanted to lose the match and the Warriors saw a couple of yellow cards in the mist of the action. Then with about 10 minutes to play, the Warriors had a chance to score when CJ Engel's shot was stopped by Webb for one of the greatest saves a person will ever see. On the ensuing throw in, Webb was put to the test as the ball was crossed into the box and he again made an incredible save to save another sure goal. Then with less then a minute to play in the match a Warrior through ball ended up in the hands of Webb and he punted the ball into the path of Red Hawk midfielder Luis Perez who scored the winning goal for Simpson with just 51 seconds left on the clock. Webb finished the match with five saves; Rusher had seven saves for the Warriors. Perez and Webb would share man of the match honors in a great win for the Red Hawks.
The win gives the Red Hawks their first win in conference and puts their Cal Pac record at 1-4 and their overall record to 2-8 on the season. The Red Hawks will look to improve on those marks on Thursday, Oct. 13 when they host non-conference opponent Arizona Christian. Kick off is at 3 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
Photo by Paige Barrett
Pictured Above: Luis Perez
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