Westmont women blanked by Vanguard

Twelfth-ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer suffered a 3-0 loss at #8 Vanguard (14-2, 10-0 GSAC) in the final game of the Golden State Athletic Conference Season.

The Warriors, who finished the regular season with a 12-4-1 overall record and a 8-2 GSAC mark, finished second in the conference standings and will enter the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament as the number two seed. As such, Westmont receives a first round bye and will take on an opponent to be determined in the semifinals.

“Vanguard was very good today, and we were not,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “I thought we did a good enough job in the first half. We kept the ball and were moving it. I don’t know what happened in the second half. We just didn’t show up in the same way.

The Warriors and Lions played to a 0-0 tie in the first half.

“They did a good job with a lot of pressure on us,” said Kiely. “We weren’t able to deal with it, we didn’t make smart decisions. Quite a few of their goals came from our errors. We should have given them a lot more to be worried about.

“We hope to have another chance at them. Unfortunately, we have to come down here which is not an easy place to play. The way the field is and our style don’t necessarily match up.

Vanguard scored its first goal in the fifty-first minute when Rachel Rucireta centered a pass and Amanda Couch found the net.

Jordan Davidson scored the second goal in the sixty-fifth minute unassisted. Taking advantage of a bobbled pass by the Warriors, Davidson chipped the ball over the keeper.

In the eighty-sixth minute, Davidson passed the ball through the defense to Couch who shot into the lower right corner of the net.

The Warriors will now prepare to host its semifinal game on Friday, November 2 at Thorrington Field.