Toros charge past Seasiders

Toros charge past Seasiders

CARSON, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii men's soccer fell 2-0 to No. 7 Cal State University Dominguez Hills Tuesday night at Toro Stadium.

The Toros (9-1-2) outshot the Seasiders (3-5, 1-2 PacWest) 21-8 with seven shots on frame. Keeper Jaden Epplette (2-4) had three saves for BYU-Hawaii, but the Seasiders were only able to finish with three shots on goal of their own.

The Toros opened the scoring in the 33rd minute after good ball movement between Edson Lemus and Brian Chavez found Joey Chica at the top of the box for the finish. CSUDH held the lead for the remainder of the game.

BYU-Hawaii began the first half with a shot two minutes in by sophomore midfielder Peter Puertas off a corner kick from Pawel Dregan, but the shot was blocked.

Shortly thereafter, Seasider keeper Jaden Epplette recorded a nice save on a kick by the Toros' Mike Dias and then stopped Dias again in the 12th minute to keep the game scoreless.

A corner kick by Puertas was followed by another blocked shot attempt by Brody Berry. CSUDH threatened when a corner kick was not fully cleared in the 27th minute, but Bruno Mortini's shot attempt on the rebound shot attempt went wide.

Besser Davila started the second half off for the Seasiders with a shot on goal that Toro goalkeeper Chase Gentry was able to dive and poke the ball out of bounds for a corner.

CSUDH attacked down the right flank in the 53rd minute and a cross from Israel Murguia found Rayane Bouarroudj's head for the goal and the 2-0 lead.

Nicklaus Parker put one more shot on frame for BYU-Hawaii after a corner was punched out of the box by substitute keeper Colin Smith to his feet, but the shot went back into Smith's hands.

The Seasiders will take on Dixie State on Thursday at 7 p.m. MDT. Live stats and video will be available online.

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