UNOH races by Westmont
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The Westmont women’s soccer team entered the NAIA Round of 16 last Tuesday with a tough match against #6 Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), ultimately losing the match to the eventual national champions, 3-1.
The Warriors took the field in Orange Beach, Alabama, with their season on the line. The action commenced right away, with Northwestern Ohio putting away a goal in the eighth minute, off of a cross sent in by Robyn Moodaley. The Racers’ Evdokia Popadinova rose above the Warriors backline to redirect the ball into the net. This was not the ideal start the Warriors were hoping for, but they were ready to fight back. Unfortunately, Westmont’s woes worsened in the 15th minute, when the Racers capitalized on yet another header, this time finished by Camilla Andersen, putting their team up 2-0.
Westmont continued to fight for the rest of the first half and created some chances, but were unable to put them away. Coming out strong in the second half, the Racers then capitalized off of a corner kick in the 65th minute, with Andersen claiming her second goal. Even though they were down 3-0, the Warriors refused to give up, and managed to put a goal in by the end of the game, off the foot of Sophie Fuller. The game and Westmont’s season ended shortly after that.
Overall, Westmont finished 16-4-2, placing third in league, and making it to the final 16 in the NAIA national tournament.
“Success comes in many forms and not always in the ways you’d hope,” said Westmont Head Coach Chantél Cappuccilli. “Although we would have loved to advance further in the national tournament, there are still many successes, on and off the field, we accomplished this season. Namely, our missions trip to Africa, winning a GOAT, recording a 16-4-2 season and growth in relationship to Christ and each other. I’m proud of this group and the efforts they’ve made.”
In addition, when asked about the three seniors (Brooke Lillywhite, Grace Lemley and Fuller), Cappuccilli said, ”My three seniors have left their fingerprints all over this program and have truly left it better than when they arrived. Competitive excellence is not something to be shied away from, but rather something we pursue as we seek to honor God with the gifts He’s blessed us with. These ladies have lived that mission. I am incredibly thankful I had the chance to coach them and am grateful to call them friends.”