continued The Warriors picked up an early lead after junior Barak Ben Yehuda scored off a feed from Conor Powell in the game's opening minute. Ben Yehuda nearly helped make it 2-0, finding Etoll on a chip three minutes later as both teams exchanged close chances. A left-footed strike from Lakers forward Tyler Modzeleski in the sixth minute clanged off the right post.
Six minutes later, however, Modzeleski ripped another shot from the right side. This one was on point as a diving Matteston got enough of his right hand on the ball to knock it down, but Caz’s Ross Gerber cleaned up the loose ball for an easy score.
Westhill answered in the 36th minute as Kinsella and Etoll connected for the first time. Another well-timed run by Etoll — this time on the right side — coupled with a strong delivery from Kinsella, resulted in the second Warriors goal. Chants of “Ole!” rained down from the Warriors' student section.
“I was just happy to see whoever was in that role make that run,” Tom Etoll said. “That’s what we talk about, continuing that run, gambling up top.”
The scoring died down in the second half as Matteson and the Lakers' defense kept their team in the game. After Powell got past a charging Matteson at the top of the 18-yard box in the 45th minute, Lakers defender Eli Mitchell blocked Powell’s shot on a nice defensive save.
Nine minutes later, Matteson punched away a dangerous Etoll corner just a foot away from the head of Westhill’s Jackson Haber. And in the 74th minute, Matteson made arguably his most impressive save of the night, discarding back-to-back Powell shots in the span of a few seconds. He finished lying sprawled out just outside the six-yard box.
“Their keeper made a ton of saves,” Etoll said. “That kid got hot which obviously impacted the end result. They didn’t stop playing either. They fought like heck. They were game, no question.”