WOMEN'S SOCCER (PRE-SEASON)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014
TWU SPARTANS (0) AT WESTMONT (4)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS SHUT-OUT BY NO. 2 WESTMONT COLLEGE
SANTA BARBARA, California – The No. 2 Westmont College women's soccer season kicked off their 2014 season with a 4-0 victory over the Trinity Western University Spartans (1-3) today at Thorrington Field in Santa Barbara, California
Despite the one sided score the pace of play and possession was more equal than the final margin would indicate. Trinity Western outshot Wesmont 14 to 11, with each team earning four corner kicks.
"It is disappointing that we missed an opportunity to give a very good team a good game. We started well and looked to have the better chances early on. In the second half I thought we had the edge in play, but we failed to clear a ball which they capitalized on. Again we had three or four really quality chances and just did not bury them. Otherwise the game would have looked different and the score would have been different," commented TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. "But we had some good performances today and unfortunately we came out with a 4-0 loss, which did not have to be a 4-0 loss."
Sofia Smati struck first with what coach Kiely referred to as a 'fantastic goal' in the ninth minute of play. The senior forward corralled a loose ball and fired away from 23 yards out to record the first goal of the Warriors' season.
Westmont went up 2-0 in the 29th minute after sophomore Grace Lemley crossed the ball from the right side in an attempt to connect with senior forward Carly Holly. A Spartan defender attempted to intercept the ball, but her header redirected the ball into the net for an own goal.
With just 17 seconds remaining before halftime, sophomore Sophie Fuller, who was playing at outside back in today's game, crossed a ball from the left touch line. Senior forward Kaci Mexico headed Fuller's pass into the net to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.
The final goal came in the 53rd minute with Kelsey Steck rounding up a loose ball and scoring from 12 yards out.
"On the positive side, we scored goals," said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. "In the exhibition games, the question was, 'How are goals going to come?' Now, we head into the non-conference season feeling pretty good about our ability to score goals. The goals were what we have been working on and how we scripted them.
"I appreciate that the spine of our team was so strong today," continued the coach. "We certainly have some kinks to work out and we will get better. For both players and coaches alike, even though it was a 4-0 win, it certainly didn't feel that way. Trinity had some chances that they missed and it very well could have been a much tighter result. We will look to get better as we head into the game with Northwest (Wash.) on Saturday."
TWU rookie keeper Sophia Traxler played the full ninety minutes in net for the Spartans, while Lauren Dorr (70 min) and Amber Rojas (20 min) split the backstopping duties for the Warriors. Traxler finished with three saves, while Westmont finished with three total saves.
The Spartans are currently 1-2 on their California tour after last night's 1-0 win over Biola University. TWU concludes their four match tour of California on Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m. PST against Azusa Pacific.
Match Notes: The Warriors learned earlier in the day that they were ranked at number two in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll.