Adams Strikes Twice in Warrior Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 26th, 2011

 

Christine Adams

Freshman Christine Adams scored two goals, both assisted by Ashley Correa, to help #18 Westmont Women’s Soccer (10-5, 5-3 GSAC) record a 3-1 Golden State Athletic Conference win over host Fresno Pacific (6-7, 2-6) on Wednesday night. With the win, Westmont moves into fourth place in the GSAC standings.

“I never felt calm for a second,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “It was a very fast game. It was probably the game in which I have had the most butterflies. Our players did a great job and played well with a lot of energy and fight. I give Fresno Pacific a lot of credit. They are a very good team and will be a force in the playoffs. Our players are coming off a frustrating week and they were ready and waiting to perform. They just did that.”

Westmont’s first goal came in just the third minute and the second in the thirty-seventh minute, with the second proving to be a near photocopy of the first.

“The two goals were very similar,” described Kiely. “Ashley found the ball down the left sideline, played beautiful balls into the box on the ground. Christine had two clinical, classic finishes – on the ground, side netting, far post.”

Just a minute and one-half after going up 2-0, the Warriors were awarded a penalty kick.

“Sam worked very hard to draw the foul,” noted Kiely. “On a ball that was sent through, the (Fresno Pacific) keeper came out. Sam got there a touch early and forced the keeper to foul her to keep her from scoring.”

The whistle blew and Westmont was awarded a penalty kick.

“We haven’t been great on penalty kicks on the year but we have been working on them,” said Kiley. “We have four shooters who have been consistent and don’t seem to be fazed by the mental aspects of penalty kicks. We pulled the four of them aside earlier today and said, ‘It’s up to you, whoever steps up takes it.’ Alison (Hensley) ran up from center back right away without hesitation.”

Hensley successfully converted the kick to give Westmont a 3-0 lead going into halftime. However, that margin would not last very long once the second half got under way.

“We knew that they would come out of the half fired up,” said Kiely. “For the first ten minutes of the second half, we weathered the storm. They were making great runs off the ball.”

The Sunbirds’ Natalie Chancey fired off a shot which was tipped by Westmont keeper Lindsey Smith and rebounded off the crossbar.

“We cleared it, but didn’t clear it very well,” said Kiely. “We cleared it to one of their players who fired from maybe 18 to 20 yards out just over Lindsey’s head. It happened so fast that Lindsey wasn’t able to reestablish her position.”

Erica Villa scored the goal for the Sunbirds. It was the only blemish on a great performance by the Warrior keeper. Smith tallied nine saves in the game.

In other GSAC action, #3 Point Loma Nazarene (16-0-1, 8-0) posted a 2-0 victory at Hope International (4-11, 0-8) while #6 Azusa Pacific (10-2-1, 6-2) defeated the thirteenth ranked Eagles of Concordia (12-4-1, 4-3-1) by the same score. Biola (9-6, 6-2) also won by a 2-0 margin, defeating the visiting Mustangs of The Master’s (9-8, 3-5).

As the result of today’s games, Westmont sits in fourth place with 15 points, (three points for a win, one for a tie). The Warriors are three points behind Azusa Pacific and Biola who each have 18 points and are tied for second. Point Loma Nazarene has already clinched the GSAC regular season championship with 24 points.

Just below the Warriors are Concordia and #25 Vanguard (12-3-1, 4-3-1), each with 13 points. With one game left in the regular season, Westmont has the potential to finish anywhere from a tie for second place to sixth place. A win over Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday would assure the Warriors at least fourth place in the conference and a home game in the upcoming GSAC Tournament.

Should the Warriors lose to Point Loma on Saturday, the Warriors could fall to fifth or sixth place. That scenario would play out if Concordia beats Fresno Pacific or Vanguard upsets Biola. A fifth place or lower finish would mean the Warriors would play the first round of the tournament on the road.

Saturday’s game will begin at noon at Thorrington Field. The GSAC Tournament first round games will be played on Tuesday, November 1.

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