It was an epic battle women’s soccer between the two top-ranked teams in the NAIA at Thorrington Field on Friday afternoon in front of more than 500 excited fans. In the end, top-ranked Concordia of Oregon (6-0-1) defended its number one ranking with a 2-1 win over second-ranked Westmont (5-1) in the NAIA Game of the Week.
“These are the ones that don’t make you feel very good,” said Westmont head coach Kristy Kiely, “the ones where you feel like you executed the game plan well, but you still don’t walk away with a win.”
The Warriors outshot the Cavaliers 16-12 (7-5 on goal) and held a 13-2 corner kick advantage. However, Westmont was unable to capitalize on the abundance of its chances.
“It’s the best start the team had all season,” noted Kiely. “They kept the ball for a long time. But, you have to score goals in this game. We had 13 corners and nothing to show for it. We missed a couple of sitters. Those things came back to haunt us later in the game, along with a couple of mistakes in the back.”