Season Ends in Second Round

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 3rd, 2014

 

Tiffany Dimaculangan

Tiffany Dimaculangan

A lone goal in the 21st minute ultimately brought an end to the 2014 season for Westmont Women’s Soccer (16-4). Playing in the second round of the 2014 NAIA National Tournament, the Warriors struggled offensively and were unable to place any of their six shots on goal.

Martin Methodist from Pulaski, Tennessee (14-5-1) took only three shots in its 1-0 victory that advance the RedHawks to the quarterfinals. Katie Reid scored the game winner on a breakaway after an attempt to clear the ball by a Westmont defender struck Reid and bounced toward the goal.

The RedHawks nearly made it a 2-0 game in the 58th minute, but a spectacular save by Westmont keeper Lauren Dorr kept Caroline Ladaga da Silva’s free kick from scoring. Shooting from 20 yards out, Ladaga da Silva snuck the ball past the wall of Warriors and toward the near post. Dorr dove to her right and knocked the ball from its net-bound trajectory.

In the 88th minute, Westmont fans, and even officials in the press box, thought the Warriors had scored the equalizer. Brooke Lillywhite fired off a free kick that seemed to pass inside the post. However, the ball had sailed just outside the goal resulting in a RedHawk goal kick.

For eight seniors, their collegiate career came to an end with the final buzzer – Christine Adams, Tiffany Dimaculangan, Carly Holly, Sophie Judd, Kaci Mexico, Mallory Mitchell, Sofia Smati and Courtney Stonesifer.

Though the ending was not the story they had hoped to write, the octet will be remembered for their impact on helping to bring the Warrior program back to national prominence. The class of 2014 is the first since 2006 to earn a berth in the national championship in each of their four years.

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