Parzonko Earns Hat Trick to Extinguish Flames

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - September 14th, 2016


Haley Parzonko (Photo by Brad Elliott)

Haley Parzonko (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
September 14, 2016

Seventh ranked Westmont Women’s soccer (7-0) remained undefeated after Haley Parzonko earned a second-half hat trick to lead the Warriors to an 8-0 victory over the Bethesda Flames.

“It was fun to witness Haley get her first collegiate hat trick – that is always a special moment for a player,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “I feel like we are constantly seeing numbers produced whether that is 16 different players scoring or that is a few players getting a number of goals. That to me says consistency within our offensive front – which moving forward into conference, will be a valuable asset that we can carry with us.”

The first goal of the game came in the third minute when Renee Gonsalves headed in a perfectly placed corner kick by Grace Lemley. The game was scoreless for the next 32 minutes until freshman Maddi Berthoud scored back-to-back goals six minutes apart.

In the 35th minute Berthoud capitalized off of a loose ball in the Flame’s six yard box and in the 41st minute she combined with Brooke Lillywhite to score – Lillwhite played the ball up-field to Berthoud, who flicked the ball past a defender and nailed a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal from 18 yards out.

In the second half, the Warriors added on five more goals – Lillywhite had two and Parzonko had three.

Lillywhite’s two goals came in the 52nd minute and in the final 20 seconds of the game. In the first of these, Maddi Berthoud played a ball across the face of the goal to Lillywhite, who beat her defender to score in a one-time finish. Her second goal began when the Flame’s keeper came out to the top of the 18 yard box to block a shot from Destinee Adams. Lillywhite collected the deflected ball, advanced forward, and chipped the ball onto the cross-bar. Then the ball deflected into the goal.

Parzonko’s three goals came in the 51st, 71st and 77th minutes. Her first goal came when freshman Katelyn Merrell lofted a perfectly weighted ball over the top of the Flame defense to find Parzonko on the left side of the 18 yard box. With composure, Parzonko hit a one-time shot into the right side-netting of the goal. In the second of these goals, Parzonko received the ball at the top of the 18 yard box, evaded her defender, and fired off a shot into the upper right corner of the goal.

Her final goal began when freshman Sarah Newton played a ball into space at the top of the 18 yard box. Parzonko capitalized with a one-time shot that hit the inside left goal post and bounced into the goal.

“It feels good to score three goals,” reflected Parzonko. “It is an honor to have a hat trick but it is also an honor to be set up by the other players and to see their selflessness. Offensively, it really feels like we are coming together as a unit to get the goals up top.”

Looking ahead, Cappuccilli shared her thoughts about the Warriors’ upcoming game against Azusa Pacific.

“We have a couple days to regroup and get refocused for a big game against a very respectable Division II opponent,” noted Cappuccilli. “I feel that it will be a great battle on both sides of the game and we are all really looking forward to the match.”

This Saturday the Warriors will travel south to play the Division II Azusa Pacific Cougars (2-2-1) at 7:00 p.m.

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