Warriors get first conference victory in shutout

Arizona Christian defeated 3-0
By: Brianna Campbell for The News Messenger/Placer Herald
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PHOENIX, Ariz. – After starting the season with back-to-back shutout loses, the William Jessup University men’s soccer team has been on a tear as of late. The Warriors picked up their sixth win of the season Friday, securing a clean-sheet 3-0 win over Arizona Christian Saturday.

Jessup's defense put forth a great showing in the win. Arizona Christian nearly scored on a free kick coming from the edge of the 18-yard box. The shot was driven under the leaping wall, but denied by a strong save from senior Nicholas Schnable (Rocklin).

Another chance for the Firestorm came late in the 80th minute on a counterattack. An Arizona Christian attacker had a one-on-one opportunity with junior goalkeeper Robert Harmelink in the box. But senior defender Brennan Entz (Placer HS) raced in from behind to make a great sliding challenge to knock the ball away. 

Offensively, Jessup wasted as little time as possible to score. The Warriors got on the board in just the fourth minute off a counterattack goal from sophomore Omar Magana (Sacramento). The goal was Magana's second of the year and was unassisted.

In the 49th minute, Jessup added to their lead, as senior Michael Mazzoni (Rocklin HS) drove in a rebound attempt to make it 2-0. Junior Christian Filbrun (Lincoln/Western Sierra CA) whipped in a nice cross to senior Justin Soria (Rocklin HS) in the middle of the box. Soria was denied twice on close chances before Mazzoni was able to roll in the rebound from 15 yards out. 

Senior Mitchell Pingree (Del Oro HS) netted his first goal of the season, a penalty kick in the 87th minute to set the score at 3-0. Sophomore Christian Guzman (Lincoln HS) drew the penalty.

Guzman made a nifty spin move past a defender to get into the box, but a last-resort, sliding challenge brought Guzman to the ground to draw the penalty.

The win came a week after the Warriors opened up Golden State Athletic Conference play with a 2-1 defeat in double-overtime at Vanguard. Jessup's record now improves to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in GSAC play.

Jessup's goal differential improved from minus-3 after their opening weekend to plus-15 (22-7 goals for/against) now. 

Jessup will hope to keep the momentum rolling as the GSAC schedule continues Thursday, when the Warriors head to the Bay Area to take on Menlo College at 4 p.m. Jessup defeated the Oaks 3-2 in their lone 2015 meeting.