PLEASANT VIEW — Northridge soccer extended a most frustrating streak on the road against Weber as the visiting Knights fell in overtime, 2-1, against the Warriors on Tuesday.
Weber junior forward Josh Maughan put in an extra-time penalty kick to give the Warriors the win over Northridge, who have now lost all four region games to this point in overtime.
Northridge’s record dropped to 1-7, while Weber remains one of the top teams in 6A with a 6-1 record. Maughan scored both Warrior goals in the game.
Knights head coach Rafael Guerrero was incensed after the game at the call that set up Maughan’s penalty kick, and he let referees know about it. Maughan hooked inside the goal box in the 82nd minute and drew some contact with a Knight defender, prompting a foul call and a kick that sealed the win.
“Anybody can make a mistake,” Guerrero said. “I think the ref wasn’t making those calls (both ways) ... so I kind of complained a little ... I just quit asking because it seemed like he wasn’t calling those. But he decided to call the only one over there.”
Weber head coach Jan Swift disagreed with Guerrero’s diagnosis.
“I think it was (a foul),” Swift said simply. “He pushed him down in the box. You gotta play smart in the box.”
The game was back and forth throughout the first half and both teams took several good shots. It was nevertheless a scoreless first half, though Weber maintained an advantage in time of possession.
Maughan scored his first goal in the 45th minute, rolling one past the keeper into the left side.
Weber nearly put the game out of reach in the 75th minute when Teagan DellaCerra’s assist from Maughan went into the net, but a late signal from the officials called it offside, keeping it a 1-0 score.
The Warriors nearly took the game in regulation but Northridge finally got on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal in the 79th minute from Carson Smith to send the game to overtime.
Maughan’s golden goal in the first overtime was his seventh of the season, according to provided stats.
“The whole team battled hard,” Swift said. “It’s hard to single out just one player because everybody out there was battling.”
Weber travels to face Layton on Thursday while Northridge host Syracuse.