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Warriors Stay Hot with Rout of Cal Miramar

By Brandon Petersen, 08/31/19, 1:30PM PDT

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The Westcliff University women’s soccer team scored three touchdowns and a 2-point conversion Friday night in a 22-0 drubbing of Cal Miramar on the Championship Stadium pitch at the Great Park in Irvine.

Scoring 11 goals in each of both halves, the Warriors simply could not be stopped in the meeting of first-year programs.

The stat sheet afterward was absolutely packed with stand-out performances.

Captain midfielder Blair Gunderson turned in a modest season’s worth of production, racking up five goals and five assists.

Meanwhile, Sandra Nantunbwe (four goals), the Warriors’ striker who had turned in 10 goals in her previous three outings, had to be pulled for mercy reasons minutes into the contest after scoring a hat trick on three brilliant finishes.

“(Games like these are) not so fun. Kind of boring,” Nantunbwe said. “Though it gives confidence to some players that are just improving on their skills. They get the confidence from this game without pressure. So, when we get to the most competitive games, they will have that confidence.”

Rebecca Gonzales finished with five goals, and had a sixth taken away after the referee was out of position to see a shot cross the line before it was stopped by CMU’s keeper.

Alyssa Lopez scored two goals and helped on three others, while Nelly Galeana had a goal and an assist. Guadalupe Venegas scored a goal, as did Beth Ortiz, and Destiny Rodriguez and Saray Castaneda had an assist each.

“That was two first-year programs coming together,” Westcliff head coach Joey O’Keefe said. “Proud of what Tony (Rosa’s) been able to do at Miramar, and proud of our girls, can’t take anything away from them.”

Alyssa Lucio finished with a pair of goals and an assist, and Kassandra Rodriguez had a goal and assist as well.

“It’s never easy to score double-digit goals,” O’Keefe said. “But, we have to have a short memory because we have a very, very difficult game in a week at Masters University in Santa Clarita.

“The girls have to take this for what it was, celebrate over the weekend, and get back at it on Tuesday.”

Nantunbwe was confident the Warriors (3-0-1) will show well in Santa Clarita.

“We will have to play like we did in Arizona,” she said. “Those games were more competitive than this one. We are ready for the game.”

Kickoff against Masters is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

To contact Brandon Petersen, e-mail brandonpetersen@westcliff.edu.