WHITTIER, Calif. - In the first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) match of the season, the Cal Lutheran men's soccer team defeated Whittier 2-1 on a golden goal from Andres Mendoza with just three minutes and 38 seconds remaining in double overtime on the road Wednesday night.
Offensive Highlights: Mendoza had a career-night for CLU, scoring two goals including the game winner and tied for a team-high with four shots in the contest. After the Kingsmen fell behind 1-0 on a Poet goal in the 27th minute, Mendoza answered back moments later in the 33rd minute off an assist by Brandon Kearney. After just missing an opportunity to score with five minutes to go in the second overtime, on a missed pass between Diego Ortega and Kearney, Ortega connected and sent a perfect ball to a speeding Mendoza who knocked it in the goal for the win.
Jaime Alvarado tied with Mendoza for team-high honors with four shots while Kearney had three and Zach Torres notched two.
Defensive Highlights: In front of the net, Sergio Esquivel logged four saves in all 106:22 minutes of action. There were five yellow cards in the game to go along with 30 fouls.
The Opponent: Whittier edged the Kingsmen in total shots, 19-18, and had 13 corner kicks compared to just 4 for CLU. James Suri had a game-high five shots.
Next Up: Cal Lutheran (2-1, 1-0 SCIAC) will return home to face Redlands this Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:00 p.m.