Warriors Trounce Wildcats

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 28th, 2016

 

Brooke Lillywhite

Brooke Lillywhite

By Kaci Mexico
August 28, 2016

In its second game in two days, seventh ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer (3-0) put away a decisive six goals to shut out #13 Baker (1-1) by a score of 6-0.

Five different players capitalized on six out of the Warriors’ eight total shots – Jackie Lopez, Hailey Parker, Ariel Johnston, and Maddie Berthoud each had one goal; and Brooke Lillywhite mirrored her previous day’s success by scoring another two goals in today’s game.

The Warriors made a statement when they scored four goals in the first half.

The first goal came in the 25th minute when Grace Lemley crossed the ball into the box and found the head of Lopez. “Jackie got up in the air and scored a beautiful header goal – the kind of goal that is always fun to witness,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli.

Lillywhite produced the second goal in the 35th minute. 

“Brooke did a great job to receive the ball going forward and to recognize where the pressure was coming from and where the keeper was set,” explained Cappuccilli. “She then got herself into a position to crack a beautiful shot from just outside the 18 yard box.”

Just four minutes later Parker scored the Warriors’ third goal.

“Ariel was somewhat of a partner in crime on this goal – she headed the ball off of a set piece and it got cleared off of the goal line,” noted Cappuccilli. “Parker was in the right position to convert the clearance into a goal.”

Johnston scored the fourth goal of the game came with only forty seconds left in the half.

“Sophie Fuller crossed the ball into the box and Ariel finished with a well-placed one-time shot into the right upper corner of the goal,” described Cappuccilli.

In the second half the Warriors notched two more goals to increase their total number of goals in just three games to thirteen.

“Brooke scored the fifth goal and it was phenomenal to see her score four goals on the weekend – especially as a senior and as a team leader,” said Cappuccilli.

Berthoud scored her second goal of the weekend as well as her second collegiate goal in the 87th minute when in an incredible individual effort, she beat a number of Baker defenders and tucked the ball into the back of the net.

Cappuccilli shared her overall thoughts on the weekend.

“It is never easy to play on the road against two ranked opponents but I am proud of how the girls handled themselves in these two games – especially playing back to back,” explained Cappuccilli. “Their mental focus was sharp and something that I really admire about this team so far this season. Our seniors led the team well in their ability to be a presence on the field this weekend but it was also great to see a number of other players step up as well.”

“Coming home with two wins is a great start to our season but we still have a way to go and we are still developing,” continued Cappuccilli. “It is really exciting to see some of the puzzle pieces moving into place as well as some of the diversity that we have in this group this year. Overall I am very pleased and happy to be on our way home and I am looking forward to having a home game this weekend.”

The Warriors will have their first home game of the season against Soka University this Saturday, September 3 at 4:00 p.m.

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