Third-ranked Westlake survived the injury loss of Claire Moats and a spirited second-half surge by No. 10 Newbury Park to beat the host Panthers 12-9 in a Marmonte League game Friday.
Coming out of halftime with Westlake leading 7-4, Moats, the Warriors’ leader in draws and goals, went out with a shoulder injury with 22 minutes to play. But Kailee Follette scored back-to-back goals after Moats’ injury, increasing Westlake’s lead to 9-4.
Newbury Park — which lost star Maile Kuo to injury only a few minutes into the game — outscored Westlake the rest of the way, pulling within three at 10-7 with 10 minutes left and again at 11-8 with five minutes left.
But the Warriors (8-1) maintained their cushion and held on to win behind a defense led by Bethany Reader and Catherine Xu. Goalie Rachel Blanton made eight saves.
Shelby Tilton led the Westlake offense with five goals, and Moats had three goals and an assist. Follette (2g), Delaney Waggoner (1g) and Julia Dinerman (1g) also scored for the Warriors.
Westlake takes the field again Wednesday for a nonleague home game against No. 7 Crescenta Valley, then plays at No. 13 Oaks Christian in a Marmonte League game Friday. The Panthers (2-1) have Marmonte games at La Reina on Wednesday and at Thousand Oaks on Friday.
Information and photo for this report was contributed by Westlake Girls Lacrosse and culled from @VCSpreps on Twitter.