Success down south
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Last week, the Westmont women’s soccer team traveled down south and was victorious in two Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) games on the road. First, they traveled to Arizona and defeated the Arizona Christian University Firestorm, 3-1, on Thursday. They then ventured on and beat San Diego Christian College, 3-0, on Saturday. The Warriors improved their overall record to 9-1-1 and are 3-0-1 in GSAC.
The Warriors were triumphant against the Firestorm thanks to two goals by senior Jackie Lopez and one by sophomore Avalon Albright. During the first half, Lopez scored a header off a cross from the left side in the 33rd minute, which was assisted by sophomore Maddi Berthoud and junior Hailey Parker. The Firestorm then responded 30 minutes later in the second half with a goal in the 63rd minute, tying the game up at 1-1.
Shortly thereafter, in the 69th minute, Albright scored a header off a corner kick which was assisted by senior Haley Parzonko, giving Westmont a 2-1 lead. Less than a minute later, Lopez scored her second goal of the match, which was assisted by Parzonko. Parzonko played Lopez the ball on the right side, and Lopez sent a spectacular strike into the left side of the net, giving the Warriors a 3-1 win. The Warriors stuck to their game plan by executing well on both sides of the field.
Westmont then traveled to San Diego Christian College on Saturday, where the Warriors won 3-0. Lopez scored late in the first half, in 41st minute off an assist by freshman Savannah Scott. Her strong shot flew into the upper left corner from the 18, sending the Warriors into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
Later in the second half, Parker crossed a beautiful assist to senior Grayce DeGroot who laid in a quick finish in the 51st minute. In the last 30 seconds of the game, Parzonko drove down the line past three defenders and finished with an impressive shot that flew past the goalkeeper’s hands. Parzonko did not stop playing until the buzzer sounded, and was eager to get another goal in before the end of the game. The win ensured a 2-0 road trip for the Warriors.
“During half time, our team really wanted to implement working the ball through our midfield and keeping it at our feet,” said freshman goalie Gabi Haw. “In the second half, we executed that well and it led to the next two goals to finish out the game.”
Westmont has two GSAC home matches this week. First, the Warriors play the Hope International University Royals on Wednesday at 3 p.m., and then play the Vanguard University Lions at home on Saturday at noon. The Warriors seek to extend their two game winning streak to four.
When asked what the most important elements are in order to have a successful rest of the season, Haw said, “I think going forward we need to take it one game at a time, stay humble, and keep working hard in order to keep getting the desired results.”