Guerreros Score 3 in Friendly vs The Valley FC
It was anything but friendly Saturday June 2. As UPSL side Valley FC came to town as the Guerreros were still looking for that first win in many weeks.
Oxnard came into this game looking for a victory that would allow them to gain some confidence going back into league play against a tough ASC San Diego side next weekend.
Although it was an exhibition the Guerreros faithful still showed up in full force to get behind their boys in the green and white.
The first half saw many starters get some minutes under their legs, and throughout the entirety of the half it was all Guerreros.
They led the half in shots and shots on target, but were unable to get that final touch that would get them on the board.
Coach Juan Florez wanted to ensure that the team maintained its intensity throughout the entire match as if it were an NPSL opponent, and the Guerreros were doing just that.
Both teams had chances as the first half went on, but neither side was able to get that first go ahead goal. They would enter the half tied 0-0.
The second half saw many new faces. Many debutants stepped foot on Campo Guerrero and looked to make an immediate impact in a game where they were able to show their skill.
The two faces that stood out the most in the second half were Will Woodfin and Peter Whallon.
The two are teammates at Wheaton College and the chemistry was clear as they were able to combine in the final third to score the three goals for the Guerreros.
The constant pressure by the Guerreros made it possible for Whallon to notch his first goal of the year.
Whallon would collect the ball within the 18 and there was no doubt where the ball was going as soon as it left his foot.
The Guerreros led 1-0, and would soon make it two as Woodfin would follow suit and collect his first goal as a Guerrero.
“Juan, told us it was a really good opportunity to come out and for some new guys to earn spots” Woodfin said. “I kind of took that to heart, so I was ready to come out and play my hardest”.
Woodfin was not looking to slow down following his second goal either. The Guerreros would win themselves a corner kick late in the second half, and as the ball was swung in Woodfin launched his body at the near post and was able to direct the ball into the back of the net. Giving the Guerreros the 3-0 lead and ultimately the win.
“You never know, but I was praying for it” Woodfin said when asked about two goals in one game.
The Gurreros will work this next week to prepare for an ASC San Diego side that was able to take them down the first time around by a score of 2-1.
ASC San Diego will be visiting Camp Guerrero June 9. And the Guerreros will look to take them down on their home turf.
Written By: Gabriel Naudin
Photos By: Roman Cooper Photography: firstname.lastname@example.org
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