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Women’s soccer secures another win

Ron Smith

The Westmont women’s soccer team kept the crowd on their feet as they secured a score of 10-0 against the Academy of Art Urban Knights on Monday. The Warriors have not scored 10 goals in a single game since 2016.

With 20 shots on goal, 33 shots total and 10 corner kicks, the Warriors provided an unparalleled performance.

The Warriors were able to repeat this historic feat by keeping a strong repossession streak throughout the game and working together to dribble around the Urban Knights’ defense. During the first 14 minutes of the game, second-year athlete Kennah Shaffer swept the ball into the left side of the Urban Knights’ goal.

The Warriors kept pushing until they broke the Knights’ spirits, finishing the first half with a lead of 6-0. Third-year athlete Annalise Romero scored the final goal of the first half with an assist from Olivia Gabelein. Romero was beyond excited to score her first goal of the season. “Recently I’ve been feeling like I need to up my game, and the goal was definitely a confidence booster,” said Romero. “I’m super proud of the girls for finishing the opportunities.”

The Warriors continued to push the Urban Knights through the second half of the game. “Before the game started, we set a goal for double digits,” said Romero. The Warriors achieved just that.

During the 46th minute of the game, fourth-year athlete Grace Dunkens maneuvered the ball through the Urban Knights’ defense and shot a low right goal assisted by Amaryas Machado.

The Warriors secured another three goals in the second half placing them at their goal of a double-digit win.

“Today, we went into the game knowing from their record we had a good chance of winning, but soccer is a game where the score doesn’t always reflect the better team,” said Gabelein. “As a result, we wanted to go in knowing we could win by playing our game, but also having respect for our opponent.”

“It was awesome to finally see the work we’ve put into training pay off with all the pattern work, speed of play, communication and finally finishing.”

— OLIVIA GABELEIN, Westmont soccer athlete

Westmont Warriors are looking forward to finishing their season with only three season games left and possibly the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships. “I think we did well,” said Westmont third-year goalkeeper Maya Pablos. “The rest of the season will be difficult as we battle for a spot in the tournament but I think we are excited and ready for it.”

The Westmont women’s next soccer game is scheduled for Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Thorrington Field. The Warriors will be up against Dominican University.

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