Last week, Westlake was eyeing an upset against St. Margaret’s. This week, the No. 2 Warriors were on the other side, holding on for a close win against No. 18 Marlborough School, 15-12.
Marlborough took the first lead of the game, and the score went back and forth until Westlake started pulling away from a 4-4 tie. Although Westlake led the rest of the way, Marlborough continued to battle.
“Much credit to what Meghan [Toomey] and Maddy [Morrison] are doing at Marlborough,” Westlake coach Lyndsey Munoz said. “They are a solid team and should be a Top 10 contender despite what the polls indicate. The play today wasn’t always pretty, but I am always proud of the effort my girls put in and the ways they look to work together and support one another.”
In the win, Westlake (4-0) controlled 58 percent of the draws, with Shelby Tilton and Claire Moats grabbing eight each. Moats (5g, 1a) led the scoring for the Warriors, followed by Tilton (3g, 3a), Mia Trilling (3g, 1a), Sarah Sullivan (2g), Kailee Follette (1g, 4a) and Delaney Waggoner (1g). Senior goalie Rachel Blanton finished with 9 saves.
“You can not be the best without playing against the best, and the Westlake program is one of the strongest and well coached teams the LA area has to offer,” Marlborough coach Toomey said. “I am so proud of my players for fighting hard after coming off two back-to-back, heart-breaking, one-goal losses to Top 10 teams. When we faced Westlake in 2018, we took a serious beating and lost 17-5. Our 2019 game showed dramatic improvement. My girls are hungry to reach the next level, and we certainly walked away from this game with our heads held high.”
Marlborough (1-3) was led in scoring by Ellie Johnston who tallied (5g), followed by Caroline Flintoft (2g, 1a), Aubrey White (2g), and Chloe Kim, Chaney Fix and Audrey Loo each contributing 1 goal. Senior goalie Chloe Freitas finished with 9 saves, and junior goalie Riley Sandler had 3 saves. Marlborough’s defense is anchored by senior Morgan Schaack, alongside Katie Suchniak, Amelia Levin, Lauren Cameron and Mira Kwon, who collectively caused five turnovers.
Next up for Westlake is playing out the final 17:49 of that previously mentioned St. Margaret’s game Thursday night at 5 p.m. at Westlake High School. Marlborough will take on Louisville on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Marlborough School.