Women’s soccer makes a historic run to the national championship

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Sofia Pela

Fourth-year Sadie Hill making a run up the field in the GSAC championship.

Hunter Penn, Staff Writer

With the soccer season coming to a close, the Westmont women’s soccer team wasn’t quite finished yet. Instead, they pushed through to the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) playoffs, and took home the championship! To get some insight into what the team overcame to get this far, we met with two fourth-years on the team: Kendall Morton and Reece Davidson. 

Morton, a very reliable resource for the team for four years now, expressed her excitement for what her team has accomplished and what trials they faced along the way. “There’s a lot of things that went into our team getting to the playoffs, but I definitely think the biggest part was every player fully buying in and loving each other on and off the field. Our team is a family and we play for each other every single game.” 

Morton also mentioned that although there have been many accomplishments this year, there are still many things to work on. She recalled, “I think the main thing we can improve on is being patient and playing one more pass when we get into our attacking third.” 

With all of that being said, Morton is excited to see what the future entails for her and the team. She ended with, “I’m super stoked for this team and for what’s to come! I think we should just go all the way to nationals to finish off on a great note for the senior class.” 

In addition, Davidson, also on the team for four years now and with incredible stats, shared insight on how she is feeling about the big win. “As I’ve been reflecting on our team, I’ve realized how bought in everyone is this year. Everyone on the field is always on the same page and we really trust each other! We do our best when we play for each other and that’s easy when you’re on the field with your best friends, which we are!” 

Second-year Katie DeMillo. (Sofia Pela)

Davidson also shared where the team would like to continue to grow: “We can continue to work on connecting our lines a little better  (defense to midfield to forward)  but we’ve already improved on that so much throughout the season. At this point, I think the biggest area we need to improve on is execution in the final third because the ideas are there!” 

Davidson, honored as a GSAC and a National Association of Interscholastic Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Athlete, is more than excited for what’s to come. “We are so stoked to have won the playoffs,” she mentioned, “This team is a family and it means so much to still be on that field together.” 

The team flew out this week to Lakeland, Flordia, and beat Lindsay Wilson College 1-0 in the opening round of the championship tournament. They compete in the second round against Southeastern University on Nov. 19th at 3 p.m.

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