Mens soccer loses at NCCAA

On Thursday Nov. 15 the Cougars lost at home to the California Baptist Lancers in the NCCAA West’s semifinals 2-1.

The Lancers scored an early goal in the first half, which the Cougars answered before the half was out.  Another in the second half ultimately carried Cal. Baptist to victory.  It was hardly a one-sided affair, with both teams making attempts on the other’s goal.

Cougar head coach Dave Blomquist said, “I thought both teams played well.  California Baptist is a great team and deserved the win as much as we did.”

The Lancers surged to their first goal within the first five minutes of the game.  Cal. Baptist forward Alex Anderson received the ball from teammate Jonathan Fausto to put it in the right side of the goal from 15 yards out.

For the next half hour the teams held each other in check, only for Cal. Baptist to have their defenses overcome close to 40 minutes in.

Cougar Freshman International Business major Keenan Armbrust, with an assist from Senior Business Administration major Michael Sahagian, placed the ball past the keeper and tied the game.  It was Armbrust’s sixth goal of the season.

Taking early initiative yet again, the Lancers scored again only three minutes into the second half, Fausto heading it off the goal crossbeam from 12 yards out.  This goal went unanswered, despite a Cougar attack late in the second half.

APU outshot Cal. Baptist, making 10 shots with three on goal to the Lancer’s eight with five on goal.  Seven of the Cougar’s shots were made in last 45 minutes of the game while trailing, but none of them could quite penetrate the staunch Lancer defense.

Defensively, Lancer goalie Joey Pacheco blocked two of the three shots made on goal while the Cougar’s own Senior Applied Exercise Science Major Joe Geletko blocked three of five.