Lillywhite’s PK Earns Warriors First GSAC Win

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - September 21st, 2016

 

Brooke Lillywhite (Brad Elliott)

Brooke Lillywhite (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
September 21, 2016

It took a converted penalty kick from Brooke Lillywhite in the 67th minute, to clinch third ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer (8-0-1, 1-0-0 GSAC) its first Golden State Athletic Conference win of the season. The Warriors defeated the Hope International Royals (3-2-1, 0-1-0 GSAC) by a score of 2-1.

Within the first twenty minutes of play the undefeated Warriors had all of the offensive action – with three shots and a corner kick. However, in the 21st minute the Royals capitalized on their first chance on goal after they drew a foul and earned a free kick from thirty-four yards out. Leigha Williams took the free kick and found the head of Jazzmyn Esquivel to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.

Twenty-seven seconds later, Westmont’s Maddi Berthoud answered back with the equalizer. The goal began when Hope International goalkeeper Jacqueline Talley deflected a shot by Lillywhite. Berthoud then capitalized off of the rebound with a slotted shot into the left side of the goal.

The first half ended in a tie and remained so until the 67th minute when Hailey Parker drew a foul inside the Royals’ goal box.

“Parker received the ball wide, took a touch forward past a Hope International defender and was fouled in the box,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “Brooke stepped up immediately in order to take it and tucked it away. I have full confidence in Brooke’s composure to be able to handle a pressure situation like that.”

The Royals battled to even the score until the final whistle and had three shots and a corner kick within the last four minutes of the game – but the Warriors kept them at bay.

Hope International did well against us today and put us under a good amount of defensive pressure,” noted Cappuccilli. “We had significant offensive opportunities going forward, but we just didn’t capitalize in the moments that we should have.” Westmont had 22 shots, with nine of those shots on goal; the Royals had seven shots, with two on goal.

“I believe that our response to come back from a moment like that was big,” reflected Cappuccilli. “You are on the road and you go down a goal, so what is your character going to say in that moment? Not every game is going to look the same and you have to be able to respond appropriately and so I was proud of our character response today.”

Moving forward with conference play, the Warriors will host San Diego Christian this coming Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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