Warriors Unlucky in Overtime

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - October 5th, 2016


Sophie Fuller (photo by Brad Elliott)

Sophie Fuller (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
October 5, 2016

After an intense yet scoreless 90 minutes of regulation play, three minutes into the first golden goal overtime period, #4 Westmont (9-2-1, 2-2 GSAC) conceded an own goal and fell to #12 Biola (10-0-1, 4-0-1 GSAC) by a score of 0-1.

In each half, both the Warriors and the Eagles had notable opportunities to score. In the 11th minute, Paula-Marie Labate of Biola dribbled into the Warrior goal box and took a wide open shot from just six yards out. Westmont goal keeper, Amber Rojas reacted quickly and dove to make the save. In the 31st minute Westmont’s Maddi Berthoud evaded a defender, dribbled deep into the Eagle’s goal box, and fired off a shot. The Biola goal keeper, Christina Rodriguez, made the save.

Two minutes into the second half, a Biola defender hit a long ball in the air that soared over the Westmont defense and landed at the foot of Samantha Verduzco inside the six yard box. Verduzco quickly shot the ball towards the lower right side of the goal, but once again, Rojas dove to make the save. In the 59th minute, Berthoud and Lillywhite combined to create a significant chance on goal. Berthoud dribbled across the top of the 18 yard box and laid the ball off to Lillywhite who fired off a shot that skimmed the top of the crossbar.

The game ending goal came just three minutes into the first overtime period off of a long throw-in set piece. A Biola player launched the ball towards the front post of the goal and a Westmont defender attempted to head the ball out of the box, but instead the ball hit off the back of her head and went into the goal.

“I think aside from not scoring the goal to be able to come away with the win, our performance is probably the best that I have seen from our side – which obviously adds a bit of frustration,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “At the same time the future continues to look bright for the group and what we are capable of. At the end of the day, soccer is a funny game. If you don’t put away your chances and they create something off of a set piece that seems flukish – this result will happen. Overall, there are a lot of bright spots to look at but obviously a loss stings.”

“Every game matters within our conference,” continued Cappuccilli. “Unfortunately, we dropped a couple of games early on, but there is still a lot of play left in this season and we need to have our eyes set on that and what is ahead of us.”

Moving forward into conference play, the Warriors will hit the road and travel to Phoenix to play Arizona Christian on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and on their way home they will stop in Santee to play San Diego Christian on Monday at 12:00 p.m.

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