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Warriors Shell Vanguard

October 31st, 2009
Doug Harrell

Playing in the final game of the regular season, Hugo Pizano and Doug Harrell each scored twice as Westmont Men’s Soccer shutout Vanguard 4-0 on the Lions’ home field.

“It was and incredible performance. The best regular season performance I’ve seen in probably 10 years,” said Westmont Head Coach Dave Wolf. “They didn’t put a foot wrong the entire evening. It was a great way to end up the regular season.”

Westmont’s first goal came in the tenth minute of the game when Harrell collected a loose ball and fired off a shot from 18 yards out.

“Doug was the best player on a night when we had a bunch of very, very good players,” proclaimed Wolf. “It was a great individual effort. He shook a defender on the edge of the box and hammered a low hard shot. It got us off to a great start and continued what I think has been a really good stretch for him.”

In the twenty-seventh minute, Pizano gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead on a play that involved a bit of trickery.

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Women’s Soccer Ties #6 Vanguard in Finale

October 31st, 2009

For the final regular season game of the 2009 season, Westmont Women’s Soccer traveled to Costa Mesa to take on #6 Vanguard (11-1-4, 5-1-4 GSAC). The two teams struggled for 110 minutes, but the game ended in a time when neither team found a way to put the ball in the net.

The Warriors finished tied with Fresno Pacific for seventh place in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings and will be the eighth seed in next week’s GSAC Tournament. Westmont will match up with top-seeded and third-ranked Azusa Pacific (13-3, 9-1) on Tuesday in first round action. Westmont was the only conference team to defeat the Cougars in the regular season, winning in literally the last second of overtime on a goal by Jessica Zuehlsdorf.

“Today’s was one of the best games the team has played this season,” said Westmont Associate Head Coach Kristi Kiely. “To tie the number six team in the country is a great accomplishment, especially playing on their home field.”

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Women’s Basketball Drops Exhibition in Malibu

October 31st, 2009
Katie Kittle

Four Warriors scored in double figures but Westmont Women’s Basketball opened up the exhibition season with a 72-61 exhibition loss to the Waves of Pepperdine.

Senior post Alisha Heglund led the Warriors with 14 points while senior point guard Amber Stevens tallied 12. Junior forward Angel Blanco scored 11 points and sophomore guard Angel Blanco contributed 10 to the Warrior cause.

“Today was a good example of our balanced offensive attack,” noted Westmont Head Coach Kirsten Moore. “I think there is a ton of positives we can take from this game. Pepperdine is an extremely athletic team. They pressed us for 40 minutes. To go against that pressure and athleticism and the size that they have inside, is really great preparation for the year ahead.”

Down 13-10 in the first half, Elizabeth Evancoe drained a three-pointer to tie the game. On Pepperdine’s ensuing possession, Blanco came up with a steal and fired the ball to Stevens for a layup and a 15-13 Warrior lead.

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Warriors Complete Southern Sweep

October 31st, 2009
Katey Lowry

Senior middle blocker Katey Lowry recorded 12 kills and posted an attack percentage of .556 as the Warriors notched their second Golden State Athletic Conference sweep of the weekend by defeating San Diego Christian 25-19, 25-22, 25-18. The Warriors (15-11, 6-10 GSAC) tallied a team attack percentage of .333.

With an 8-9 advantage in the first set, Lowry delivered a kill and Kristin Schroeder served two aces to give the Warriors a 12-8 lead. After a kill by San Diego Christians’ Courtney Barlow, Westmont scored twice on Hawk errors to take a 14-9 lead and establish the margin by which they would win the first set.

In the second set, San Diego Christian held an 18-14 advantage causing Westmont Head Coach Jim Smoot to call a timeout. The Warriors responded with an 11-4 run to take a two-set-to-none lead in the match.

The Warriors took control of the third set midway through. Leading 16-15, Westmont produced a 5-0 run fueled by three of Lowry’s kills. After a kill by the Hawk’s Sarah Aguilar, the Warriors closed out the set and the match with a 4-2 run.

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Hopes High for Women’s Hoops – 2009-10 Season Preview

October 30th, 2009

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something – maroon. No, it’s not a wedding tradition, but it might serve to give some insight into the 2009-10 Westmont Women’s Basketball team.

Something old is a group of seven returnees comprised of four seniors, two juniors and one sophomore – seasoned veterans who are anxious to make this season the best in program history. Something new is five freshman rookies who bring great energy and talent to the team.

Something borrowed is the lessons learned from previous years – lessons about the hard work and intensity that typifies Warrior Basketball. Something maroon reflects a love and commitment to each other driven by unity of purpose and a common desire to excel.

Westmont Volleyball Knocks Off #14 Point Loma Nazarene

October 30th, 2009
Beth Widicus

Senior outside hitter Beth Widicus pounded home 15 kills while senior Stephanie Dunn added 12 more from the right side as Westmont Volleyball swept #14 Point Loma Nazarene (17-9, 7-9 GSAC) in San Diego on Friday night in a Golden State Athletic Conference match. The Warriors (14-11, 5-10 GSAC) made only eight hitting errors and posted a team attack percentage of .364.

“It was about as flawless a match as my team has ever played here,” said Westmont Head Coach Jim Smoot. “They were running the offense and playing great defense. Our passing was great. It was pretty close to as good as you can play.

“I should go right down the line and compliment everybody,” said the coach. “Beth hit great and Steph was hammering the ball. Kailee Blair would get a dig on the left side and shoot a really hittable set back to Steph (on the right side). Kate Barton had four block assists and one solo block. Erin Dohm almost played perfect. She passed great defensively and was serving rockets – hard, deep serves.”

Tied at 13-all in the first set, Dunn produced two kills in a 4-0 run to put Westmont ahead for good. Up 24-20, the Warriors gave up three points to let Point Loma pull to within one at 24-23. But a kill by Barton put an end to the Sea Lion threat and gave the Warriors a one set to none advantage.

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Mustangs Overcome Warriors

October 28th, 2009

Westmont Men’s Soccer suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of #14 The Master’s on Wednesday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. As a result of the loss, the Warriors fall to 4-5 in Golden State Athletic Conference play and 6-7 overall. The Mustangs, who currently sit atop the GSAC standings, improved to 13-2-1 overall and 8-1 in the GSAC.

Jacob Marchesani opened the scoring for the Mustangs in the seventh minute of play when he dribbled across the face of the goal from left to right before firing a shot into the net. After seventy-two minute of scoreless soccer, Doug Armstrong passed the ball to Marcelo Silva in front of the goal. Silva’s shot went into the left corner to give The Master’s a 2-0 advantage with just over 11 minutes left in regulation.

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Scrimmage Canceled

October 28th, 2009

The Westmont Women’s Basketball scrimmage with the Univerisdad de las Americas Puebla originally scheduled for today (Wednesday, October 28) has been canceled. The Warriors learned this morning that the Mexican team did not make its planned trip to the United States.

The Warriors will have their first look at competition on Saturday, October 31 when they travel to Malibu to take on the Waves of Pepperdine University in a four o’clock game.

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