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Reese Davidson scored in the 71st minute and the Westmont’s women’s soccer team made it stand up for a 1-0 win over Lindsey Wilson in a first-round game Thursday at the  NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship in Lakeland, Fla.

Westmont (15-0-3), the No. 2 seed in the Lakeland Bracket, will take on the winner between ninth-ranked and top-seeded Southeastern (Fla.) (13-3-2) and fourth-seeded Georgia Gwinnett (5-5-7). That game will be played at Southeastern on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. PST.

The goal-scoring sequence started with Amelia Villa  sending a pass to Katie DeMillo on the left side. From 20 yard out, DeMillo chipped the ball into the box with her right. Davison ran onto the pass as Blue Raider goalkeeper Maya Caon rushed toward the ball. As Caon attempted to dive on the ball, Davidson took a touch with her right foot, sending the ball out of Caon’s reach. She followed the ball and fired off a shot with her left foot past a Lindsey Wilson defender and into the back of the net.

“Katie fed a nice pass,” said coach Jenny Jaggard. “It is always challenging when the keeper comes out to touch it around and then have the composure to find the net. I thought Reese did a good job with that. I am really proud of the team. They battled and found a way in the second half.

“I thought Grace Duckens may have had one of the best games of her career,” assessed Jaggard. “She worked so much and create so many dangerous moments. I thought for sure she was going to score today.”

In the fourth in minute of play, Lindsey Wilson had a corner kick that was sent into the box. Britt Tonis, standing on the six-yard box, headed it toward the goal but goalkeeper Kailey Meyer redirected it above the crossbar for the save.

Rayssa De Souza got loose on a breakaway in the 30th minute and went one-on-one with Meyer. The veteran keeper came partly out of her box but snagged the shot to prevent Lindsey Wilson from taking the lead.

In the 63rd minute, the Blue Raiders’ Alicia Thoresen sent a shot from 24 yards that was destined to squeeze inside the near post. Meyer, however, lept to her right and made a two-handed catch, denying the Blue Raiders a 1-0 lead.

“Kailey Meyer made some absolutely big time saves today. Lindsey Wilson is very dangerous around the box on set pieces. They have one forward (De Souza) who is very talented at being slippery and creating gaps for herself with very little opportunity. She got off a couple of quality shots today.”

Westmont outshot Lindsey Wilson 18-8, including 6-4 on goal.

“I can definitely tell that our brains may still be a little bit on California time,” quipped Jaggard. “Getting this first game under our belt and pulling out a win, I feel good going into Saturday that we will be a little bit more like ourselves and be ready to give whoever wins this second game a good matchup.”