MSoc: Howen’s goal, defense lift Warriors to first road win

Cody Howen provided all the ammunition Westmont would need, as the Warriors beat Marymount 1-0 for their first road soccer win of the year on Wednesday in Palos Verdes.

The Warriors improve to  3-1-0, while handing the Mariners of Marymount just their second loss on the season (5-2-0).

Howen scored in the 68th  minute when midfielder Sean Siemens attacked from the center of the field and slid a him a pass on the left. Howen fired the ball into the back of the net and past Mariner goalkeeper Christos Voglis for his second goal of the season.

Over the course of the match, the Warriors managed eight shots, four of which were on goal. Coach Dave Wolf attributed the shortage of shots to “injuries that kept midfielder Tanner Wolf and forward Nana Ayken from playing. The injuries definitely had an impact on our ability to pass the ball as well.

“As a result of our passing, we had to defend a lot,” he continued. “(Marymount) attacked very well, but none of their offensive movements came to fruition.”

Wolf  said it was  “bend-but-don’t-break kind of game for us. We bent a lot but somehow kept them off the scoreboard. We received a couple of big moments out of our goalkeeper (Josh Glover), and the goal from Howen ultimately sealed the deal.”