Senior forward Ashley Correa scored both goals as No. 15-ranked Westmont women's soccer team (8-3-1, 4-1 GSAC) defeated No. 21 Concordia (7-5, 2-3 GSAC) by a tally of 2-1 in a Golden State Athletic Conference showdown. Sophomore forward Mallory Mitchell assisted on both goals.
"There were many implications for both teams," said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. "For them, it could have meant improving their national ranking. It means a chance at a GSAC title for us."
The first goal came in the twenty-first minute when Mitchell headed the ball to Correa whose slide kick put the ball in the back of the net. The goal was critical because there were few scoring opportunities in the game.
Westmont went up 2-0 in the seventy-sixth minute when Correa and Mitchell teamed up again. This time, Mitchell crossed the ball to Correa who scored from eight yards out.
Just over a minute later, Concordia was awarded a penalty kick. Val Barrios scored on a ball to the left, drawing the Eagles to within one. The PK represented half of the Eagle's shots on goal in the game.
"Aolani (Rueff) was fantastic today," noted Kiely. "We put her back in the middle and she helped keep us calm, kept the ball for us and won tackles. Courtney (Stonesifer) had a tremendous game, again. She provided stability and composure in the middle. I thought (goalkeeper) Lindsey Smith was back with us. She has battled through some injuries that have made it difficult for her, but she was very good today."
In another critical GSAC game, #11 Vanguard (9-2, 5-0 GSAC) defeated #22 The Master's (9-2-2, 4-1) by a score of 1-0 in a battle of teams without a conference loss. As a result, Vanguard claimed sole possession of first place while The Master's fell into a tie with Westmont for second place.