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  • Sunday, September 14

    • Women's Soccer
      • Concordia (Ore.) vs. Kan. Wesleyan
        At Westmont, 10:30 am
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Warriors Gift Wrap Win for Coach

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 20th, 2014
Wilton Quintero

On the day when Westmont Men’s Soccer head coach Dave Wolf and his wife Jill celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary, his team (4-2, 1-0 GSAC) delivered a 5-0 Golden State Athletic Conference season-opening win over William Jessup (1-3, 0-1 GSAC).

“The start of the game was a huge help for us,” said Westmont assistant coach Johnny Whallon. “Austin Lack got around the corner and did a good job of staying up on the first point of contact. He then got by the goalie and was fouled.”

As a result, William Jessup goalkeeper Zach Kammerer was issued a yellow card and Westmont was awarded a penalty kick. Wilton Quintero took the honors for the penalty kick and delivered the ball into the net to make it a 1-0 game.

“There was a lull to our playing for quite a while after the first goal,” noted Whallon. “It was nice to have the second goal to give us a little bit of breathing room.”

[box score] [photos]

Women’s Soccer Begins GSAC with a Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 20th, 2014
Sophia Smati

Three second-half goals provided the margin of victory for #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (6-1, 1-0) as it opened Golden State Athletic Conference play with a 3-0 shutout of conference newcomer William Jessup.

Westmont, who shares the ‘Warriors’ nickname with today’s opponent, outshot Jessup 24-3, including a 9-2 shots-on-goal advantage. However, Westmont was unable to turn a plethora of opportunities into points in the first half.

“Obviously, we need to continue to work on our finishing,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “That was our Achilles’ heel last week and it could have been this week. We are getting lots of very good opportunities that we are not putting away.”

Westmont finally broke through in the 61st minute. Kaci Mexico retrieved a loose ball on the right side, passed it to Tiffany Dimaculangan who in turn sent the ball left to Sophia Smati. Left undefended, Smati squared up and fired off a shot from 25 yards out that snuck underneath the William Jessup keeper.

[box score] [photos]

Saturday Afternoon Shutout

Submitted by: Christy Cain - September 20th, 2014
heidi thompson

By Christy Cain

September 20, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) After less than 24 hours since their last match, the Westmont women’s volleyball team took the court again today at Murchison gymnasium. Despite the quick turnaround, the Warriors were able to come out in full force this afternoon to win a quick three game match against Arizona Christian (25- 13, 25-21, 25-16).

The Warriors came quickly out of the gate in the first set, gaining an immediate 3-0 lead and never allowing the Firestorm to close the gap. Westmont’s offense was on fire and they not only out killed the Firestorm, but doubled their kill count with Westmont tabbing 14 kills to Arizona Christians’ seven. Senior Heidi Thompson ran a very evenly distributed offense that resulted in every single Westmont attacker on the court tallying between two to four kills in the first game. Thompson was not only setting the ball out to all of her hitters, but was continually dumping the ball over the net, racking up four kills for herself this afternoon.


Home Sweep Home

Submitted by: Christy Cain - September 20th, 2014
Senior Madison Serrano will power the Warriors outside attack.

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont Women’s volleyball team notched their first home match sweep of the season tonight in Murchison gymnasium. After a long, hard week of practice, the women we able to come out and execute their plan well in a three game win over San Diego Christian (25-16, 25-18, 25-22).

”Leading up to this match, we had a rough week of practice. One, because school is getting harder and two, because of the heat. Our gym was 90+ degrees and we were both physically and mentally slow,” explained head coach Patti Cook. “After last week, we knew that we needed to focus on getting our mental state back to being healthy. Physically, we can take on any opponent. But mentally we need to be sharp. We worked hard, we grinded, we did sprints in the hot gym and just pushed through.”

Their hard work paid off.

With 37 kills on just 92 attempts the Warriors were able to come out swinging with a .293 hitting percentage while keeping the Hawks under .140 percent. It was obvious that Westmont was there to play and playing to win.

“We could have gone into this game two different ways. We could have been fearful and on our heels because San Diego Christian has had a few big wins. We also could have been overconfident and gone into the game too lax. Both ends of the spectrum would have been detrimental to our play. So we focused on being somewhere in the middle,” debriefed Cook. Thankfully the Warriors did just that.


Late Goal Gives Warriors the Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 16th, 2014
Tanner Wolf

Westmont Men’s Soccer (3-2) earned its first win at home this season, posting a 3-2 win over Marymount California (2-3-2) on Tuesday afternoon at Thorrington Field.

The Warriors fell behind in the 13th minute when the Mariners’ Jonas Springer received a pass from Kevin Faye on the right side and drilled it into the Warriors’ net.

“I was proud of the way the guys were able to get on steady ground after the first 15 minutes,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “I thought we weren’t very alert out of the gate and they were on us. Even after they scored, we were able to keep fairly level and slowly work our way back into the game until we scored. After we scored, I thought we were pretty good.”

That first Westmont score came in the 37th minute after Tanner Wolf forwarded a pass to Matt Lariviere on the right side. Lariviere beat a defender on the dribble and then outmaneuvered the Marymount goalkeeper before firing into an empty net from 25 yards out.

[box score] [photos]

Smelley to be honored as the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 15th, 2014
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley has been honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with its 2014 Coach of Character Award. Smelley is in his 36th year as head coach for Westmont’s track and field and cross country teams.

“What I personally appreciate about Coach Smelley is his consistent pursuit of excellence without compromising the character values he makes the priority of his coaching philosophy,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “He is a fantastic example of how to be competitive and achieve success in athletics while remaining unwavering in a commitment to teach character and being a role model for both student athletes and coaches alike.

“In my 30 year history with the NAIA, I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for this honor,” continued Odell. “Coach Smelley is deeply imbedded in the fabric of all that is great about the NAIA. He was a champion of character before the term became a part of our culture.”

Asked what the award means to him, Smelley replied, “I hope that it reflects a growing faith and living out a faith in Jesus Christ.

[NAIA National Award Day video]

Warriors Fall in Overtime

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 13th, 2014
Muhammad Mehai

Despite outshooting Kansas Wesleyan 15-9 and placing six shots on goal to the Coyotes’ (pronounced KY-yohts) four, Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-2) suffered a 1-0 loss in overtime today at Thorrington Field.

“I thought we looked very good in the first half,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “In the second half, we weren’t quite as sharp. When you don’t score a goal when you are playing well, it gets very difficult in this game.”

In the first half, Westmont held a 10-4 shot advantage, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The second half saw a more balanced stat sheet with Westmont posting four shots on goal to Kansa Wesleyan’s three.

[box score]

Warriors Swept in Three

Submitted by: Christy Cain - September 13th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It was a quick show tonight in Murchison Gymnasium as #3 Concordia took down Westmont in a three game match (25-18, 25-20, 25-19).

Concordia came out swinging in game one, fighting hard and consistently putting the ball on the ground. With 15 kills and a hitting percentage of .314, they offense was a force to be reckoned with. Going against a strong offense put the Warrior’s off balance throughout the first game. They struggled with digging playable balls, so their offense had to resort to using off speed shots and tips to earn points. While this was effective for a while, the Warriors did not put enough power behind the ball to continually earn the points that they needed. The Eagles handily won game one 25-18.

“What it came down to was that their arms, their heavy hitters, their heavyweight champions beat out our heavy weight champions when it came to offense. Our passing was not as on point as we needed it to be in to be against their solid block. They played scrappy defense and are an all-around great team,” debriefed head coach Patti Cook after the match.


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