Warriors defeated by Late Gaucho Goal

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - August 14th, 2016


Kira Nemeth  (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

Kira Nemeth (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
August 14, 2016

In the annual exhibition match between the Westmont Women’s soccer team and the Division I UCSB Gauchos, the game was scoreless for the first eighty minutes, until the Gauchos capitalized off of a free kick in the 81st minute – ultimately defeating the Warriors 1-0.

In the first half, the Warrior defense, led by seniors Grace Lemley and Sophie Fuller, effectively handled immense pressure– with USCB outshooting the Warriors 5-0.

Head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the defensive side of the game and said, “This is probably the best I have seen us defend as a unit in my time at Westmont, which is really encouraging.”

After a largely defensive first half, the Warriors began to create critical offensive opportunities in the second half. The Warriors’ best opportunity to score came in the 65th minute when junior Haley Parzonko won a tackle in the middle of the field and then quickly played the ball to freshman Maddi Berthoud at the top of the 18 yard box. Berthoud took a touch into the box, and ripped the ball just over the crossbar.

The Gaucho’s goal came in the 81st minute when Hannah Dearborn took a free kick from the left touchline. The ball bounced around in the box, until Ashley Dean decisively fired it into the back of the net.

Berthoud, who took two thirds of the Warriors’ total shots, is one of eight incoming freshman. Cappuccilli explained her thoughts in how this incoming group has added to the team thus far.

“I have been impressed with this incoming group as a whole,” explained Cappuccilli. “I think that they have done a good job to come in prepared. I would say collectively they add some depth to our roster and have shown that they can compete at this level. They also carry themselves with confidence and are not timid, even as freshman.”

Cappuccilli pointed to Parzonko and junior Amber Rojas as standout players in tonight’s match.

“I think Haley had a phenomenal game on the defensive end of things,” explained Cappuccilli. “Overall, I am very pleased with her efforts and the way she carried herself in tough moments.”

“I think Amber is doing well to command the defense,” continued Cappuccilli. “She has a strong presence in general and so it is really exciting to see her be able to step into this role and own this position. I look forward to seeing what she will do for us this season.” Rojas had five key saves in tonight’s match.

Cappuccilli expressed her final thoughts on today’s match and said, “We are only a week into training camp so I take this game as a positive and a step in the right direction. Right now we are in a great starting place and I am excited to see where we go from here.”

The Warriors’ next game will be away against Marymount on Saturday August 20 at 6:00 p.m.

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