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Metro favorite Westview scores early to take out competitive Aloha 3-1 in their Metro opener
by: Miles Vance HEADS UP — Westview senior forward Keirra Butts heads the ball away from Aloha’s Dominique Niedziela during the Wildcats’ 3-1 win over the Warriors at Aloha High School.

ALOHA - Hit 'em first. Hit 'em fast. Hit 'em hard.

The Westview girls soccer team took that mantra to heart in its 2011 Metro League opener at Aloha High School on Monday, scoring three minutes into the first half and 40 seconds into the second to knock off the Warriors 3-1.

The win lifted Westview's record to 1-0 in Metro League play and 5-0 overall, while Aloha's girls dropped to 0-1 in league and 2-3 overall.

'I'm happy with the result,' said Westview senior midfielder Bekah Carrasquer, who scored her team's third goal against Aloha. 'I think we could have finished a couple more, but we'll see how next game goes.'

'Overall, I think we did really well,' said Westview senior forward Jill Thomas, who scored her team's second goal. 'We were really excited for this game, to kick off our league.'

Aloha, though disappointed with the loss, was not disappointed with its efforts in the contest. Indeed, the Warriors felt that, with the exception of their slow starts in each half, had played well against the Wildcats.

'We just made a few mental errors in the game,' said Aloha junior midfielder Katie Newton, who scored her team's lone goal on Monday. 'We can easily fix them … so I think next time we play them it will be a lot more competitive.'

'Two of their goals were scored right at the beginning of the halves, so coming out strong, always keeping our mental focus, especially right at the beginning is crucial,' added Aloha junior defender and captain Betty Becerra.

The Wildcats got things started quickly on Monday, scoring just 2 minutes, 56 seconds into the game when senior midfielder Mary Hare bounced a pass across the Aloha goal mouth from the right corner. The Warriors failed to clear the ball, and when it reached the far side of the goal, Wildcat senior forward Keirra Butts was there to redirect it into the goal for a 1-0 lead.

And there, at 1-0, is where the score stayed until halftime despite the best efforts of both offenses. Westview managed another five shots on goal, but Aloha keeper Lex Wood was up to the challenge each time and kept the Cats' lead at 1-0.

Aloha's best scoring chance in the opening half came when Newton crossed the ball into a crowd of players in front of the Westview goal with 10 minutes left before the half. Aloha senior Cassie Marusa was there to get her foot on the ball, but her high, arcing shot looped just over the top of the goal and out.

The Cats started fast again in the second half, this time scoring just 38 seconds into the period when sophomore midfielder Jayden McMillan chipped the ball over the Aloha defense to the upper right corner of the Warrior penalty box. Thomas ran onto it there and volleyed the bouncing ball to the upper left corner of the next for a 2-0 lead.

'Jayden just popped it over and I ran on it and kicked it - it was pretty simple,' Thomas said.

Carrasquer then made it 3-0 with 20:13 left in the game when she stole an Aloha pass on the right seam, raced Warrior senior defender Dominique Niedziela into the penalty box and drilled a hard shot to the far side of the goal.

'I just picked it off from the defense and went hard to goal,' Carrasquer said.

Aloha kept playing hard, though, and got on the scoreboard with 16:51 left to play. Newton stole the ball from Westview in the right-hand corner of the Wildcat penalty box, turned past one defender and struck a hard diagonal shot to the far post for the final 3-1 margin.

'It's always good to score the first Metro goal of the season,' Newton said. 'I got lucky on that one with the little mishap on the defender and it ended up going in so I was happy.'

Westview had one more golden chance to score with 7:20 remaining in the game when Hare sent a corner kick into the penalty box and Butts was there to send a hard shot that ricocheted off the near post and then off the crossbar before being corralled by Wood.

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