Lions score big win

SOCCER: Vanguard women take early lead, then frustrate visiting Cal Baptist for important conference triumph.

October 17, 2007|By Barry Faulkner

COSTA MESA — There were plenty of harrowing moments that followed, but, as per the pattern this season, the Golden State Athletic Conference women’s soccer game between host Vanguard and Cal Baptist basically ended when the Lions scored in the 20th minute.

Vanguard has lost only once when it has scored this season. And, since dropping its season opener, 2-1, to Dominican, Coach Randy Dodge’s squad is now 8-0-3 when finding the net.

“When you have that 1-0, it’s a mental thing,” Dodge said after his team, ranked No. 18 in last week’s NAIA poll, improved to 8-3-3, 3-2-2 in the GSAC by posting its eighth shutout of the season. “We could just sit back and focus on defense a little more.”


And there was plenty of defense on display from the hosts, for whom sophomore goalie Jillian Foss made six saves, including one spectacular stop in the 39th minute that was the worst of a steady stream of offensive frustration for the Lancers (10-4, 5-2).

“In a nutshell, that save gave our team confidence that [a goal for Cal Baptist, which had outscored foes, 25-10, coming in] wasn’t going to happen on our watch,” Dodge said.

Foss, a transfer from San Diego State, said she anticipated a blast from Lancers senior forward Vanessa Wellman , which allowed her to dive to her right and deflect the ball just wide of the far post.

“Randy told us before the game that [Wellman] liked to turn and shoot,” Foss said. “So, I was on my toes getting ready for her to do that. As soon as I saw her set up, I just already knew to take off and that’s how I got it.”

Junior co-captain Emelia Miller helped Foss guide a back line that included freshmen Kristin Rice and Kaitlin McGhee Tuesday, as the Lions staved off seven corner kicks, 16 shots and a handful of crosses that, had they found Cal Baptist players, might have tied the game at any point.

“[Cal Baptist] is a very good offensive team,” Dodge said. “And once we went ahead, [the Lancers] became a little more passionate about what they were doing.”

Rice, who triggered her team’s scoring sequence, also made a game-changing save, retreating behind Foss, who had charged out of the goal, and then booting away a shot that had gotten by Foss and was headed for the net. Rice cleared the ball just before it crossed the goal line.

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