Women’s soccer continues undefeated start, improves to 5-0-1
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The Westmont women’s soccer team improved to 5-0-1 on Saturday by handing Rocky Mountain (Mont.) its first loss of the year. This game marked the first of five straight home games for the Westmont Warriors.
Both schools came out of the gate a little slow, only taking a combined eight shots in the first half. Fortunately for the Warriors, they went into the half with a 1-0 lead thanks to a header by Hailey Parker, assisted by Savannah Scott in the 14th minute. This was Parker’s second goal of the season.
Westmont and Rocky Mountain entered the second half by being more aggressive than they were in the first half, as both teams committed more fouls, but also created more opportunities to score. The Warriors added to their lead in the 53rd minute when a free kick by Maddy Cuculich bounced to an open Katelyn Merrell, whose shot found the back of the net to increase the Warriors’ lead, 2-0. It was the second consecutive game that Merrell scored in.
However, Rocky Mountain struck nine minutes later for its first goal of the game. There were times where the Westmont defense was a little lax and that allowed Rocky Mountain to claw their way back into the game.
Soon after, the Warriors got their lead back up to two when Maddi Berthoud collected a pass from Kira Nemeth, and only had Rocky Mountain’s goalkeeper to beat, sending her shot beyond the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms for the goal - Berthoud’s third of the year. However, that lead was not safe as Rocky Mountain came back in the 71st minute to score after a cross from the right endline.
With the score now 3-2, the Warriors had to play lockdown defense the rest of the game to hold on for another win. Rocky Mountain began to attack more often to try to even up the score, but missed shots and a save from Gabi Haw, who finished with a total of six saves, was enough to stop the Bears’ offense, leaving the Warriors victorious after 90 minutes.
The Warriors will look to extend their winning streak to three tomorrow (Wednesday) when they take on Antelope Valley at home at 3 p.m., followed by another home matchup with Azusa Pacific University, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.