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Westlake Wins Key D-IIAA Battle Against West

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The Westlake Thunder took on the West Panthers in a game that was close throughout, taking home a 7-6 win and the lead in the D-IIAA division.
Just 40 seconds into the game, Westlake Midfielder Nathan Fullmer took the ball from the top of the box scored to give the Thunder the early lead. Westlake would retain much of the possession in the first quarter that remained scoreless. The second quarter saw West get two key goals by attackman Jordan Ikeda, both from the wing, giving West a 2-1 lead at halftime.
The start of the third quarter tilted towards West who came out of the break scoring three goals to take a 5-1 lead midway through the quarter. Just as things were about to get out of hand, Westlake rallied back to tie the game at 5 at the end of the third quarter. The rally was led by Zachary Billman who assisted the first goal, scored by Parker Smith, and then scored the next three.
Westlake - West
The fourth quarter was set to be a showdown and it delivered. Ikeda put the Panthers on top at the 10:51 mark. Westlake returned the favor just 28 seconds later when Tegon Starr hit a shot from the wing, bouncing it into the back of the net to tie the game at 6 with 10:23 left in the game. Both teams fought hard for valuable possessions. Each team had several successful rides that gave their team great opportunities to pull away. In the end, it was Westlake who was able to score when Fullmer dodged from X, jumped, got clobbered by a West defender and somehow managed to get the ball in the back of the net. That goal would be the last of the game as Westlake returned home with a 7-6 win.
“My team showed a lot of resilience, they fought back and we got down early in the second half,” said Westlake Head Coach Steve Nelson. “We haven’t been in that situation a lot and so it was good to see them respond. I was super proud of how we played in the second half.”
Westlake was led by Billman who had 3 goals and 1 assist. West was led by Ikeda who also had 3 goals and 1 assist.
Westlake (4-3, 3-0) will take on the Summit Academy on April 21. A Thunder win would give them a 4-0 record and the No. 1 spot in the D-IIAA division. West (1-3, 1-1) will take on Pocatello on Saturday.

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