Lopez Scores Twice but Warriors Fall

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - August 24th, 2015

 

Jackie Lopez scored two goals vs Northwestern Ohio.

Jackie Lopez scored two goals vs Northwestern Ohio.

By Kaci Mexico

In the battle between two top ten ranked teams, the number #2 Northwestern Ohio Racers defeated the #7 Westmont Warriors 3-2 in a seesaw battle.

The first goal came in the 22st minute and began with Steck receiving and holding the ball near the top of the 18 yard line. Steck played a square ball through to Lilywhite who slipped Jackie Lopez in stride down the right sideline. Lopez took a one time shot from a sharp angle 10 yards out which hit the inside of the far goal post and shot back into the goal putting the Warriors up 1-0.

The Racers answered back in the 39th minute with a goal off of a free kick on the 18 yard line by Laura Blanchard.

Just before the second half the Racers pulled ahead in the 45th minute when Vanessa Barcelleiro slipped a ball in behind the Warrior defense to Blanchard who shot low and into the corner for her second goal of the game.

The Warriors evened the score in the 68th minute with a low post header goal by Lopez off of a beautifully placed free kick by Angela Brown.

Head coach, Chantel Cappuccilli commented on Lopez’s standout performance and said, “We are very happy with Jackie. We appreciate her efforts and the resiliency that she showed today. She wanted it and went and got those two goals.”

The game remained tied until Hannah Baines of the Racers capitalized off of a corner kick that had been taken the 77th minute. This goal gave the Racers the lead; a lead that they ended up maintaining until the final whistle.

Cappuccilli, expectedly disappointed with the overall result, shared her thoughts on the team’s performance.

“We need to do a better job at playing a complete 90 minutes,” said Cappuccilli. “We were inconsistent in that. We had small mental lapses that caused us to make mistakes and they did a good job at capitalizing on them. We did a good job to get some goals, but we also need to do a better job with finishing our set pieces.

“I hope we learn from it and I hope the feeling stings a little bit. Not in a way that affects us, but in a way that fuels us. I want them to come away from this game, not satisfied, but eager to get after the next game.”

Today, this “get after it” mentality was apparent in sophomore forward, Haley Parzonko, who made her second collegiate soccer appearance since an ACL injury last season. Parzonko took two of the Warriors 12 shots in just the 27 minutes that she played. She was composed on the ball, technically skilled, and read the game well. She brought a contagious energy and eagerness to today’s game that the Warriors can look to utilize more of as the season progresses.

Though not satisfied with today’s result, Cappuccilli looks forward to improving and working through mistakes in order to prepare for this Saturday’s home game against Marymount College at 3:30 p.m.

“The opportunities were there and it’s just a matter of finishing them and not making simple defensive mistakes. If we can control those two things, we will be better for it,” said Cappuccilli.