Jessup beats NCAA Division II Dominican 2-0

Warriors win streak at three
By: Brianna Campbell for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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Looking to keep the momentum going after back-to-back wins the past week and a half, the William Jessup University men’s soccer squad traveled to the Bay Area to take on the NCAA Division II Dominican University of California Penguins Friday.

Jessup proved they were not overmatched and controlled the pace of the game to bring home a 2-0 victory.

The match nearly started off on a sour note in the first minute of play. A Jessup foul conceded a free kick to the Penguins within striking distance. The free kick was whipped into the box, where a Dominican player was able to get a head on the ball, but the shot trickled wide left.

The two sides got off their fair share of close chances, with both goalkeepers being put to work often in the match. A close chance for Jessup came in the 21st minute, when a counterattack produced a two-on-one opportunity at goal.

But even with a man advantage on the attack Jessup was still denied by a great save from Dominican’s goalkeeper.

For over the first hour of the match there were no goal opportunities, but that changed in the 69th minute thanks to Warriors’ senior Jacob Rodriguez. Rodriguez curled a shot, from about 20 yards out, over the outstretched reach of the keeper and into the upper corner of the goal to give Jessup a 1-0 lead.

Seven minutes after the go-ahead goal, the Warriors struck again, this time by senior Jose Hernandez. The goal was Hernandez’s fourth of the season, and makes it now three straight matches he has scored.

After starting the year off with back-to-back losses against NCAA level teams, the Warriors have now won three consecutive matches and sit above .500 at 3-2. In the past 10 seasons, 2016 is the first one in which the Warriors are sitting above .500 through their first five matches.

Jessup’s season will continue this next week as they play host to Sierra Nevada College on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. This will be the second all-time meeting between the two schools, with Jessup taking the first matchup 5-0 last year. Following that match, the Warriors will begin conference play down in Southern California.