Wildcats Tamed by Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 30th, 2014

 

Kelsey Steck

Kelsey Steck

For the second game in a row, Malory Mitchel scored two goals as #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (3-0) posted a 2-0 win over the visiting Wildcats (1-1) of Baker (Kan.). In three games, the Warriors have outscored their opponents 10-1.

“Mal has had a couple of good games and I am proud of her as a senior captain,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “On the second goal she got on the ball, beat a few players (on the dribble) and finished so nicely at the near post.”

Mitchell’s first goal came in the 16th minute after a shot on goal by sophomore Grace Lemley from the right side rebounded off Baker goalkeeper Rachel Theobald. Mitchell, playing on the left, collected the ball and delivered into the net from six yards out.

“It was nice to get the goal relatively early to settle in a little bit,” said Kiely. “We haven’t been starting games great, so that was nice to be able to do.

Mitchell’s second goal came in the 51st minute.

Offensively, the Warrior outshot Baker 22-7. Ten of the Warriors shot were on goal while the Wildcats did not place a shot on frame.

“(Defender) Sophie Judd has been so solid this season and I am so proud of her as a senior captain to step up in that way,” said Kiely. “She and Sophie Fuller in the back are very hard to beat. Sophie was able to be physical with a very physical team in a very effective way.”

Junior goalkeeper Lauren Dorr registered her first save of the season, though she has a shared save with freshman keeper Amber Rojas.

“I appreciate Baker coming out here and showing us another part of the country, stylistically,” said Kiely. “It was a really tough, hard fought game between both sides. It was good for us to get a taste of that as we move into a very physical and fast conference.”

Another positive for the Warriors was the return of two players who have been sidelined for medical reasons – sophomore midfielder Brooke Lillywhite and junior defender Kaitlynn Durham. Lillywhite entered the game in the 33rd minute while Durham took the field in the 82nd minute.

“It was so fun to see Brooke get minutes and start making progression back,” said Kiely. “We’ll look to get her more minutes when we travel to Kentucky. With Kat, we wanted her to get her into that first game. It was a very physical game, so, we held her off a little bit longer than we would have. We look forward to continuing to get both of them healthy.”
After opening the season with three home games, the Warriors will travel to Kentucky next week for two games against top-15 teams. Then a week from Friday, Westmont will host top-ranked Concordia (Ore.) in a rematch of last season’s NAIA National Championship game.

“We knew that from today through September 12 was going to be a four-game streak that is very challenging,” said Kiely. “Today’s game proved to be challenging but we were able to come away with a win. I’m so proud of the team for that.

“It is only going to get more challenging as we head out to Kentucky to face Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). But, nothing prepares you for the toughest conference in the country than playing top-10 teams.”

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