By Anthony Mannino
The Westlake Chaparrals extended their district shutout streak to 720 minutes after battering the Anderson Lady Trojans 5-0 Friday.
“I think we can,” said Rachel Coyle on not giving up a goal the rest of the season. “If any year, this would be the year to do it because our team works so well together. Everyone is so motivated to get to state and win.”
Chaparrals keeper Kalli Douma touched the ball once the entire game when she made a save in the 81st minute.
“That’s what we want,” Christy Goldberg said. “She’s a talented player, but we are fine if she doesn’t touch it”
Westlake (20-0, 9-0) peppered the Anderson keeper with four shots in the first 20 minutes. The Lady Trojans defense held strong until the 24th minute when Christy Goldberg opened the scoring. The junior forward rose up to score off a head from a corner by Kendall Ritchie to give Westlake the lead.
“I look out and see whoever is in there,” Ritchie said. “It is gotten to the point where I can pick out a spot. So when I saw [Goldberg], and she raised her hand. I know I just had to get it there.”
Goldberg set up the next goal when Taylor Bock volleyed her cross into the net. Bock did well to keep her composure and hit the ball at the perfect moment to give Westlake the 2-0 lead in the 34th minute. Goldberg continued to wreak havoc on the Lady Trojans defense, scoring her second goal of the game with less than 20 seconds left.
Coyle attacked the Anderson defense from the left flank, dribbled past two Lady Trojans defenders, and passed to Goldberg. The forward took a touch, and then scored the third Westlake goal of the game.
The Lady Chaparrals continued attacking the Anderson net, and the Lady Trojans keeper denied shots from Zayne Matulis and Julia Thurston in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The relentless Westlake attack paid off in the final 10 minutes of the match.
Margaret Norman crossed the ball from the right wing, and Goldberg let the ball run by her to Coyle at the back post. Coyle shot the ball first time and scored in the 76th minute. Ritchie headed in the fifth and final goal after Matulis headed the ball across goal from a Goldberg long throw.
“Matulis had a great flick, and I knew I just needed to get on it,” Ritchie said. “I did anything I possibly could, pulled on the girl, did anything to get it in, and thank God it did [go in].”
Westlake ended the week with 15 goals for and zero goals against.
The Chaparrals next play Del Valle at Westlake 7:45 p.m. March 5 and play a nondistrict game at Dripping Springs 7:30 p.m. Friday. Westlake plays at Lake Travis March 19.
District 15-5A girls soccer standings
W L SO Ties Points
Westlake 9 0 0 36
Lake Travis 5 2 2 23
Austin High 4 2 2 19
Anderson 4 4 0 16
Bowie 3 4 2 15
Akins 1 7 1 6
Del Valle 0 7 1 1
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