THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – While the Cal Lutheran women's soccer team opened its 2017 campaign in the friendly confines of William Rolland Stadium this evening, both the men's soccer and women's volleyball programs started their respective seasons on the road at out-of-state tournaments.
Kingsmen Soccer (CLU 3, F&M 2)
CLU got its 2017 campaign underway at Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) where the Kingsmen defeated the Diplomats by a 3-2 margin. Charlie Villa-Lovos scored the first goal of the 2017 season in the sixth minute. Brandon Kearney kept the offense going and scored a goal in the 16th minute to make it 2-0. Max Sharpe chipped the ball over the defense for a 50-50 chance between Kearney and the goalkeeper. Kearney doubled up the Diplomats as he put the ball in the back of the net.
Franklin & Marshall answered with a goal of their own to cut the lead to 2-1. In the 45th minute, Kearney had a shot on goal that was blocked. Danny Pacheco was right there for the rebound and made it 3-1 Kingsmen. The Diplomats would score once in the second half as the Cal Lutheran prevailed 3-2.
A slew of Kingsmen suited up in Violet and Gold for the first time today with Pacheco, Connor Newfeld-Griffin, Jake Rast and Stevie Ray Trujillo each making his debut for Cal Lutheran.
Regals Volleyball (CLU 3, UWO 0; CLU 3, WC 0)
No. 6 Cal Lutheran played twice on opening day at the Trinity National Tournament where the Regals defeated to Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Whitman (Wash.) by scores of 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-11) and 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21), respectively.
For the two matches combined, Hope Stewart led the Regals with 15 kills. Amanda Roberts and Molly Holloway were right behind her with 13 kills. Jamie Smith tallied 29 assists against Whitman and 24 against Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Roberts had the most digs during the two-game stretch with 17.
Both teams play again tomorrow, Sept. 2, with the Kingsmen taking the pitch at 1:00 p.m. (PST) and the Regals stepping on the court at both 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
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Release by Ryan Jorgenson, Assistant Sports Information Director