In its first home game of the season, the Westcliff men's soccer team took down the Bethesda Flames by a score of 2-1 Tuesday evening at the Great Park in Irvine. Cesar Ortega and Daniel Segal each scored a goal in the second half.
Despite fouls, yellow cards, and a red card, the Warriors (1-1) kept their composure and played as a team. They battled from the very start to finish against a great team. Ortega got the Warriors on the score sheet early in the second half with an assist by Arthur Prunis.
The Flames kept fighting to even the score 1-1 with a goal by Icaro Memeth assisted by Ariel Almada. Segal found the back of the net on a penalty kick to make it 2-1 in the 75th.
As time wound down, the Warriors claimed their first victory of the season.
“ Tonight’s game was all about heart," Westcliff head coach Joey O'Keefe said. "Going down to man early in the game is always a tough obstacle to overcome but I am extremely proud of these young men for fighting even harder when their backs were up against the wall.
"To get out of the game with a 2–1 victory over a team who made it to the semifinals of the national tournament last year Is a wonderful result for us this early in the season. Couldn’t be more excited for the guys after they picked up the first win in program history."
The Warriors will be back in action on the road Thursday, August 22 against the Ottawa Flames in Phoenix, Arizona. Kickoff is set for 7 pm.
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