Lillywhite Scores Five
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Second-year Brooke Lillywhite shattered a school record with five goals in a single game against William Jessup University. Last Tuesday, Lillywhite skyrocketed the Westmont Women’s Soccer team into a spectacular win that clinched the team a spot GSAC championship.
Lillywhite struck first in just the second minute of the game off of a rebound to give Westmont an early 1-0 advantage. In the fourth minute, she scored again with an incredible cross from teammate Mallory Mitchell.
Lillywhite already had a hat trick (three goals in one game) by the twenty-first minute. She stole the ball from her defender, then unloaded from the top of the 18 yard box to find the back of the net once more.
Amazingly, Lillywhite tied the school record only 32 seconds later when fourth-year Tiffany Dimaculangan crossed a ball from right to the far post. Lillywhite headed the ball into the lower right corner.
Lillywhite had come alongside previous record-setter Emily Blackerby (‘91), tying the mark in just over 21 minutes. “[Coach Kiely] told me at halftime that I had tied the record,” remarked Lillywhite. “In the second half, I was looking for [the record] a little bit, but I was also trying to set up my teammates.”
After scoring four, she came out of the game in the thirty-second minute and did not re-enter until the seventy-second minute.
As if by fate, her record-shattering goal came with just a minute left in play. Fourth-year center back Sophie Judd took a shot that ricocheted off the right post and bounced back into play.
Miraculously, it bounded right to the foot of Lillywhite, she then fired it into the empty net with 59 seconds left to go.
All in all, Lillywhite’s record- setting performance came in just 50 minutes of soccer.
“I wish Sophie [Judd] would have gotten that [last] goal, because it would have been great for her to score,” Lillywhite humbly said after the game. “Sophie is such a great leader on this team. Breaking the record is really exciting and means a lot, but [coach] has taught us that it is more of a team. Every person has a part of that record.”
Photo by James Tubbs