Lopez’s Early Goal Sparks Warriors

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - October 15th, 2016

 

Jackie Lopez (Photo by Brad Elliott)

Jackie Lopez (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
October 15, 2016

In today’s Women’s Soccer Golden State Athletic Conference matchup, Jackie Lopez scored in the first thirty seconds to propel the eleventh ranked Warriors (12-2-1, 5-2 GSAC) to a 3-0 victory over the Hope International Royals (6-4-2, 1-3-1 GSAC).

I am very proud of our opening seconds of the match,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “In order to build up to the first goal, we played with a lot of urgency. We got going with forward movement, we were able to connect passes, and we didn’t give anything away leading up to the goal.

The goal that Jackie scored was her first touch of the game which was phenomenal,” continued Cappuccilli. “She used the outside of the foot and just hit it to the far post and crushed it. Scoring early always feels good and gave us momentum as we moved through the match.”

The second goal came in the 36th minute, off of the head of Brooke Lillywhite. “Hailey Parker served a ball across the six to the near post and Brooke Lillywhite flicked it in with her head,” described Cappuccilli. “It was a great cross by parker – she played the ball in a great place and Brooke did a great job to capitalize in that moment.”

The second half began with the Warriors ahead 2-0, yet Hope International continued to apply immense pressure all over the field.

“Hope made a shift in the second half – they pressed higher and their back line sat higher up the field,” explained Cappuccilli. “I thought that we were composed under pressure and the women did a good job to recognize where the pressure was coming from and were able to play out of that pressure with one and two touch.”

The Warriors withstood the Royals’ pressure, and also added on a third goal in the 73rd minute.

The goal began when Maddi Berthoud beat three defenders on the dribble as she bolted down the left sideline and deep into the Royals’ goal box. As the keeper came off the goal line to confront her, Berthoud quickly slipped the ball to Haley Parzonko at the top of the six yard box. Parzonko then tapped the ball into the open goal.

Cappuccilli noted the contributions of the midfield in today’s game.

“I was impressed by their shape, distribution, and ability to execute,” said Cappuccilli. “Overall, I thought they had an outstanding performance and I am very proud of the way that they carried themselves throughout the match. I think that that put us in a really good position to dominate the game.”

Coming up next week, the Warriors will host their final two home games of the season. They will play Menlo next Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and William Jessup on senior day next Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

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