Nemeth’s Game Winner Advances Warriors

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 4th, 2016


Nemeth, after scoring the game-winner (photo by Brad Elliott)

Nemeth, after scoring the game-winner (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
November 4, 2016

In the first round of the Women’s Soccer Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, Westmont’s Kira Nemeth scored the game winning goal 22 seconds into the second overtime period (100th minute) to advance the 11th ranked Warriors to the semifinals.

“I am pleased with our ability to be relentless and tenacious in an overtime setting,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “On the day we showed a lot of heart, grit and stamina. We created significant opportunities within the match that didn’t come off as hoped, but finding the back of the net, at home, in double overtime is a good feeling. That feeling will carry into our next game as well.

“I believe wholeheartedly in our team in this setting,” continued Cappuccilli. “These are the games as a player and coach that you want to be in. Our pursuit is great and our determination is strong.”

Leading up to the goal, the Warriors had quality offensive opportunities – they had a total of twenty one shots, ten shots on goal, and thirteen corner kicks. However, Menlo goal keeper Kaylin Swart thwarted all of these attempts with an impressive ten saves.

The golden goal began when Maddi Berthoud drove down the right sideline and fired off a cross towards the center of the goal box towards Hailey Parker. Parker leaped above two other Menlo defenders in order to get a head on the ball and flick it behind her to Nemeth who, with composure, slotted the ball into the bottom left side of the goal.

“Kira is one who can be involved in a pressurized situation,” explained Cappuccilli. “At this point in the season it will take everyone and I was happy to see her step up and slot a beautiful ball to the back post.”

After this first round victory, the third-seeded Warriors will advance to the semifinals and face the second-seeded Biola Eagles on Thursday November 10 in La Mirada at 5:00 p.m. The other semifinal matchup will be between number one-seeded Vanguard and Number four-seeded The Master’s.

“We know what it is to play at Biola and have respect for them as a team,” said Cappuccilli. “But I also know our team is hungry and possess qualities that will help us come Thursday. Every team is 0-0 in playoffs – and it’s what you do moving forward in the season that will matter. We’ll take the win and move positivity toward Thursday.”

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