Warriors Silence Ravens on the Road

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - August 27th, 2016


Destinee Adams (Photo by Lydia Grenko)

Destinee Adams (Photo by Lydia Grenko)

By Kaci Mexico
August 27, 2016

Seventh ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer (2-0) deposed #4 Benedictine (0-1) after overcoming a 0-1 deficit just 45 seconds into the match. The Warriors ultimately defeated the Ravens 4-2.
The Ravens wasted no time in their home season opener when Maddison Sanders scored a goal 45 seconds into the game to earn a 1-0 lead.

“That first 45 seconds was a good wakeup call,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “Our ability to come back from that goal is important to me – yes lets fix the mistake, but mentally I appreciated our ability to hone in and regroup.”

The Warriors not only equalized the score before halftime, they took a 2-1 lead when Brooke Lillywhite scored two goals in under ten minutes – one in the 26 and 34th minutes.

“The first goal was a beautiful, composed representation of a clean finish under pressure,” reflected Cappuccilli. “The ball got played across the 18 yard line, Brooke chested the ball and finished off of a half-volley. At that point we were down 0-1 so to take charge and have that type of composure in her finish was just impressive.

“The second goal came when we received a free-kick at the top of the 18 yard line”, continued Cappucillii. “Brooke recognized that Benedictine was not set-up and she quickly took a shot and placed the ball into the goal. It was a smart decision on her part to be able to recognize that and capitalize.”

The Warriors headed into the half with a 2-1 lead, however, just five minutes into the second half, the Ravens equalized with a goal by Rosie McShane.

The next 18 minutes were scoreless until in the 78th minute Westmont’s freshman Maddi Berthoud scored the game winner in what was her first ever collegiate goal.

“One of our wide runners switched the point of attack,” explained Cappuccilli, “and crossed it across the six yard box where it was jumbled around. Maddi collected the ball and slotted it into the goal to give us the lead.”

Five minutes later, the Warriors’ Haley Parzonko silenced the Ravens with a decisive fourth goal. Destinee Adams headed a crossed ball into the six yard box and Parzonko taped it into the goal to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead.

“Destinee Adams was phenomenal tonight,” noted Cappuccilli. “From the first whistle to the last whistle she hustled up and down the field. You cannot ask more than what she displayed tonight.”

Cappuccilli made her final reflections about tonight’s game, and looked ahead to tomorrow’s match-up against Baker.

“I am grateful for the perspective these women kept the entire game,” said Cappuccilli. “They played with confidence the entire game and this gave them the momentum they needed to finish the game like they did.”

“It is great to get the result tonight but the weekend is not over,” continued Cappuccilli. “We say that the most important game of the season is the next one we will play. That is what is in front of us, and that is the way we will treat it tomorrow.”

In a quick turnaround, the Warriors will face #13 Baker (1-0) tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. CDT).

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