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Calendar & Results

  • Tuesday, August 19

    • Women's Soccer

  • Saturday, August 23

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC 4 Nothwest 1
    • Men's Soccer
      • UC Santa Barbara 2 WC 0

  • Tuesday, August 26

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Pt. Loma Naz.
        10 am, Scrimmage

  • Friday, August 29

    • Volleyball
      • WC at Concordia Tournament
          Menlo, 8 am
          Eastern Oregon, 8 pm
    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Pomona-Pitzer, 4 pm

  • Saturday, August 30

    • Cross Country
      • WC at UCSB, 10:30 am
    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Baker (Kan.), 3 pm
    • Volleyball
      • WC at Concordia Tournament
          Mayville State (N.D.), 4 pm
          Westminster (Utah), 8 pm

Crosstown Rivalry Goes to Gauchos

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 23rd, 2014
Genaro Hurtado

The 52nd meeting of Westmont and UC Santa Barbara in the Bryant and Sons cup saw the Gauchos post a 2-0 victory over the Warriors. UCSB now holds a 25-23-4 advantage in the series.

The Warriors’ started the game with a lot of intensity and had their best chance to score in the second minute when Jonathan Yeeles fired off a shot from 24 yards out that went just wide.

“I thought it was the sharpest start I have seen in a very long time,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “That is part of the disappointment. I felt like we were really up for it and really able to compete in the game. When it started getting away from us, we couldn’t get out of it. We were in that mode for a 20-25 minute period. We didn’t seem to have the capability to turn that around.”

The Gaucho’s first goal came in the 13th minute. Reed McKenna fired a shot that was saved by Westmont goalkeeper Josh Glover. Unfortunately, the rebound came back to McKenna who put the ball in the back of the net.

[box score] [photos]

Mitchell Strikes Twice in Warrior Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 23rd, 2014
Kaci Mexico, Tiffany Dimaculangan and Carly Richardson celebrate Malory Mitchell's (second from right) second goal of the game.

Senior forward Mallory Mitchell had a pair of goals on Saturday morning at Russ Carr Field to lead #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (2-0) to a 4-1 win over the visiting Eagles (1-2) of Northwest (Wash.). The Warriors scored three times in a seven minute span during the second half to secure the win.

Mitchell’s first goal came in the 26th minute when she headed in a ball that was crossed from the left corner by senior forward Carly Holly. The ball was initially blocked by Northwest goalkeeper Patty Hughes, but hit the ground and spun backward into the net.

The Eagles responded in the 30th minute with a goal by Acacia Johnson. Johnson dribbled up the center of the field and past Westmont goalkeeper Lauren Dorr, scoring into an empty net.

“We were all unsatisfied with the first half,” noted Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “(Northwest) has a quick front player in Johnson. We had the scout on her and had a game plan, but we didn’t stick to it.

“In the second half we made some adjustments and encouraged the team to go forward. We had a lot of success doing so.”

[box score] [photos]

Tournament Trouble

Submitted by: Christy Cain - August 22nd, 2014

By Christy Cain
August 22, 2014

It was another rough day for the lady Warriors at the Biola Volleyball/ Red Lion-Anaheim Summer Slam tournament. After going 0-2 yesterday, Westmont dropped their first match of the day against Montana Tech (25-16, 25-20, 27-25).

While the Orediggers came out firing on all cylinders, tallying 15 kills in the first set, the Warriors struggled to find a rhythm. Once Montana Tech had the lead, they never let up. Throughout the entire match, there were only a couple of streaks where Westmont was able to pull ahead with the lead. They came out with some energy in the third set of the match, but ultimately fell to Montana Tech 27-25.

Warriors Go Five Sets Twice

Submitted by: Christy Cain - August 21st, 2014
Kami Troesh

By Christy Cain

This morning, the Westmont women’s volleyball team kicked off the first of their four matches in the Biola Volleyball/Red Lion-Anaheim Summer Slam Tournament.

First on the agenda for the Warriors was #17 Rocky Mountain (Mont). Westmont came out swinging. Unfortunately, with seven players over six feet tall, Rocky Mountain’s block was impenetrable. The Bears finished with 17 team blocks as it continually frustrated the Warriors’ offensive efforts. As a result, Westmont recorded an attack percentage of .087 over the five sets.

In the first set, the Warriors stayed neck and neck with the Bears until Rocky Mountain gained some momentum and went on a 13-4 run to close out the set. From that point on, it was a battle. While The Warriors won games two and four, the Bears were the ultimate victors in the five game match (25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-7).

The Warrior’s offense was led by senior Madison Serrano who finished with a team high of 20 kills while freshman Taylor Beckman was next in line with 12 kills. Their defense was headed up by Kami Troesh who capped the game off with 20 digs and three aces.

[match one box] [match two box]

Second Ranked Warriors Prevail over Spartans

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 19th, 2014
Sophie Judd

The 2014 Westmont Women’s Soccer season kicked off today at Thorrington Field with a 4-0 victory over the Spartans (1-3) of Trinity Western (B.C.). The Warriors learned earlier in the day that they were ranked at number two in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

“I thought Sophie Judd was fantastic in the back and at moments kept us in the game. Tiffany (Dimaculangan) was great in the middle and I thought Kaci (Mexico) was great up top, holding the ball for us.”

Sofia Smati struck first with what Kiely referred to as a ‘fantastic goal’ in the ninth minute of play. The senior forward corralled a loose ball and fired away from 23 yards out to record the first goal of the Warriors’ season.

Westmont went up 2-0 in the 29th minute after sophomore Grace Lemley crossed the ball from the right side in an attempt to connect with senior forward Carly Holly. A Spartan defender attempted to intercept the ball, but her header redirected the ball into the net for an own goal.

[box score]

Warriors Drop Season Opener

Submitted by: Christy Cain - August 18th, 2014
Heidi Thompson

By Christy Cain

The Westmont Women’s volleyball team made their 2014 season debut today against Viterbo University (Wisc.). While the Warriors fell to the V-Hawks (6-0) in a five game match, head coach Patti Cook see’s nothing but positive potential in her team.

“We played really well against a very strong team. I was very pleased with our overall effort and I am excited about the bright future that we have ahead of us,” said Cook. “It was a battle back and forth that came down to a couple of tight plays and tight calls.”

Westmont came out strong in the first two sets, capitalizing on their pin hitters and slowing down their opponents by putting up a solid block.

“We were basically just exchanging blows back and forth. We had more arms overall but they had one arm that was bigger than all of ours. Thankfully we were able to put the brakes on her and kept her at bay pretty well,” explained Cook. Viterbo’s senior outside hitter Alicia Olson led their offensive charge with a .239 hitting percentage on the match.

Warriors Eyeing a Sandy Finish

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 18th, 2014
2014 Westmont Women's Soccer

“It was more about the metaphor than about the fitness,” reflected Westmont Women’s Soccer head coach Kristi Kiely. She was referring to an early morning run along Santa Barbara’s East Beach during the Warriors’ pre-season training camp.

“We started them off 10 seconds apart,” continued Kiely. “The only instruction they got was to, ‘catch the person in front of you and don’t be caught by the person behind you’ – and that they would know when they were finished. They didn’t know how far they were going or that (assistant coach) Dan (Ribbens) was a mile down the beach.”

“When they reached Dan, I asked them a handful of questions about their experience on the run,” reported Kiely. “They responded about feeling great when they saw Dan, focusing on not being caught and looking behind.

“Then we sent them back up the beach with the same instructions. I again asked them the same questions and loved Christine Adams’ response. ‘The second time around it is better because you know the destination and are more likely to encourage the people around. You aren’t looking behind you but you are looking straight ahead at the goal.’

Chemistry is the Key

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 17th, 2014
Senior Madison Serrano will power the Warriors

By Christy Cain

“The exciting thing about this season is that the possibilities are endless,” said Westmont Volleyball head coach Patti Cook about her 2014 team. “We are a young, athletic team that has the talent and the ability to have a great season.”

After graduating seven seniors in 2013, Cook is ready to start reshaping the program and building off the talent on this year’s squad. With six upperclassmen returners (two of which are captains), the experience and the leadership is there. “We had such a big, impactful group of seniors leave that we are now encouraging people to step in and fill that void. My captains are doing a great job of rising to the challenge this preseason. They aren’t trying to take over what last year’s seniors did, but instead are trying to walk in their own shoes.”

“We could struggle with trying to find the system that works best for us” Cook said. “We have a lot of athletic people who can play multiple positions. So the challenge will be finding the six that work best together.”

The key comes in the chemistry.

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