Seasiders top Lancers in muddy battle

Seasiders top Lancers in muddy battle

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's soccer used another strong team effort to top Cal Baptist 2-1 on Monday at the BYU-Hawaii Soccer Field.

"This wasn't a pretty game," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mark Davis said. "The field conditions were less than ideal. It started pouring in the first 15 minutes of the game and ripped the field to pieces. We fought like crazy and we ended up with three points."

Chris Pineda was named the PacWest Defender of the Week minutes before game time and proved his worth once again with seven saves to help the Seasiders (4-4-1, 4-0-0 PacWest) remain undefeated in conference play.

With the game tied 1-1, Romy Lakip put a ball over the top in the 78th minute to Jace Green who gathered the ball and chipped it over the charging goalkeeper to give BYU-Hawaii the lead for good.

The Seasiders struck first in the sixth minute when Pawel Dregan bent a ball around the wall on a free kick and into the lower left corner outside the reach of the diving Lancer (3-5-1, 2-1-0 PacWest) goalkeeper.

Cal Baptist tied the game in the 50th minute on a free kick into the box that bounced around and found the head of Josue Soto. 

The Lancers threatened to take the lead several times in the second half, but the Seasider defense and Pineda kept the ball clear of the line leading up to Green's goal. Cal Baptist played with 10 men for the final four minutes of the game after James Bogdanovich was shown his second yellow of the day.

The Seasiders continue their home stand on Thursday against Point Loma Nazarene at 12:30 p.m. HST at the BYU-Hawaii Soccer Field.


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