Ashley Correa scored a goal and added two assists as #10 Westmont Women's Soccer defeated #22 Westminster of Utah (4-1) by a score of 4-0 on Friday afternoon at Thorrington Field in a game that had been designated by the NAIA as the Women's Soccer Game of the Week. Westmont (2-1-1) dominated the flow of the game, outshooting the Griffins 24-5 while placing 15 of their shots on goal. All four Warrior goals came in the second half.
"I am very proud of the way the team responded in the second half," said Kiely. "It would be easy to think at halftime, 'Oh no, here we go again,' after having 11 chances, seven of them on goal. We took a deep breath at halftime, and said, 'We are playing good soccer and the goals will come. Demand much of each other, but don't get frustrated.'"
Respond they did just three minutes into the second half. Jenny Martinez threw the ball in from the left sideline, finding the head of Kaci Mexico. Mexico flicked the ball on to Ashley Correa who went up high with her left leg to knock the ball in the net for what would turn out to be the game winner.
In the fifty-fifth minute, the Warriors made it a 2-0 game when Ashley Correa served a ball from the right corner across the front of the goal to Aolani Rueff. Rueff headed the ball into the side netting.
"Hands down, that was the best goal of the game," said Kiely. "Loni works so hard. She is often the player that coaches come to me after the game and ask about. You want that work to be rewarded and today it was by an absolutely phenomenal goal. That's the thing about Loni, she doesn't do it until she does it in style - and that was certainly pretty."
Six minutes later, Martinez headed in a corner kick from Correa giving Westmont a 3-0 advantage. The substantial lead allowed Kiely the opportunity to give playing time to a total of 20 players.
"I really appreciated the way the game didn't change when we got different players in there," expressed Kiely. "We kept up the tempo and the intensity. At the end of the game, we had a freshman charging down the line, who gets it to another freshman who scores a goal. It was very beautiful. I am excited for the depth of the team and our ability to score goals from a lot of different people. From the goalkeeping to the midfield to the attack up top, I am proud of every player who took the field today."
The fourth goal, which brought the coach so much pleasure, came in the eighty-first minute when only two starters remained on the field. Angela Brown launched a pass from the right-hand side line nearer midfield than the end line. Katie Moyer headed the pass into the top corner of the netting for her first collegiate goal.
Westmont will take to the road next week, traveling north to take on Southern Oregon and William Jessup. Both games will be placed at Menlo College in Atherton at 11:00 a.m.