GSAC Honors Five Warriors, Steck Named Offensive MVP

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 3rd, 2015


(Top row) GSAC Player of the Year Kelsey Steck. Jackie Lopez. (Middle row) Brooke Lillywhite, Alanna Richards. (Bottom row) Sophie Fuller.

(Top row) GSAC Player of the Year Kelsey Steck. Jackie Lopez. (Middle row) Brooke Lillywhite, Alanna Richards. (Bottom row) Sophie Fuller.

By Kaci Mexico

November 3, 2015

Five players from the #8 Westmont Women’s Soccer team (12-3-2, 7-1-2 GSAC) have been named to the 2015 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer team and senior Kelsey Steck has been named the GSAC Offensive Player of the Year.

The five Warriors named to the all-conference team are:

    ·  Sophomore midfielder Alanna Richards of Oceanside
    ·  Sophomore forward Jackie Lopez of Santa Barbara
    ·  Junior midfielder Brooke Lillywhite of Huntington Beach
    ·  Junior center back Sophie Fuller of Orinda
    ·  Senior forward Kelsey Steck of Valencia

Fuller, who was named an All-American in the 2014 season, has continued to be an anchor for the Warriors’ defense. She has helped hold Westmont’s opponents to only 16 goals on the season.

Dominant in the midfield are Lillywhite and Richards. Lillywhite, who is tied with Lopez for the second highest number of goals, tallied seven goals and five assists, while Richards recorded four goals and two assists on the season box score.

Also imperative to the offense is Lopez, who is second on the team in goals and assists with seven of each.

Steck, who has had one of the best statistical seasons for a single player in GSAC History, leads the Warrior offense with 43 points off of 19 goals and five assists. She also leads the GSAC in goals, goals per game, shots, shots per game, points, points per game, and game-winning goals.

Head Coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on Steck receiving the award. “First and foremost I am grateful to have had the opportunity to coach Kels. She is an extremely coachable player and has taken the tools we have given her and really applied them.

“She is also a very naturally gifted athlete. With that she has been able to utilize her abilities for a number of things – first and foremost playing for something greater than herself, secondly being a wonderful teammate and friend and thirdly being a great soccer player.

“This award is well deserved and speaks volumes to her work ethic on and off the field. Her receiving this award speaks to the kind of team that surrounds her as well. It is rewarding to see someone who puts the team first receive an award like this.”

As the number two seed, the Warriors have earned a bye for the first round of the GSAC Tournament. They will play in the semifinal game on November 13 in La Mirada against an opponent to be determined.