Reese Davidson scored the only goal of the game to give NAIA eighth-rankedWestmont a 1-0 victory over Southern Oregon (0-1) in a season-opening women’s soccer match on Thursday at Thorrington Field.
Davidson’s game winner came on a penalty kick in the 70th minute. Last year, she scored the game winner against the Raiders.
Amarys Machado drew the penalty kick for the Warriors. After winning a 50-50 ball on the right flank, Machado dribbled on the inside of the 18-yard box toward the end line. As she ran parallel to the box, a Raiders’ defender attempted to strip her of the ball. The defender hooked Machado’s left foot, sending her to the ground.
“This was the best game Amarys has ever played,” said Westmont head coach Jenny Jaggard. “For me, this was her breakout college game. She was receiving the ball, turning it into space where she was not exposing it to the defender, and getting herself going forward. Other times she was playing simple, checking, receiving, playing in underneath and then looking to get it back again. She played a smart game and used her power well.”
On the penalty kick, Davidson sent her shot just inside the right upright. Southern Oregon goalkeeper Jessie Selby guessed correctly on the direction but was unable to cover the distance required to reach Davidson’s shot.
The Warriors outshot the Raiders 23-7 and held a 10-2 advantage of shots on goal.
The Warriors will play two scrimmages over the next four days. On Saturday, they travel to Azusa Pacific, and then return home to host Point Loma Nazarene on Monday.