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Westmont Wins Battle of the Warriors

August 28th, 2010

In a match-up of schools with the same nickname, Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-0) defeated William Jessup (0-2) by a score of 3-1 this afternoon on the final day of the Azusa Pacific Cougar Classic. Westmont jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute of play on an own goal.

“It originated with a Doug Harrell cross but was put into the net by one of their guys,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “While it is always nice to get an early goal, it was just kind of odd.”

Less than two minutes later, Westmont doubled its lead on a goal by freshman Peter Schmetz.

“Dan Sargent got to a ball in the box and headed it in Peter’s direction,” reported Wolf. “Peter scored on a bicycle kick that he looped up over the goalkeeper and into the far post. To see Peter launch himself into the air with his big lanky frame showed a good bit of athleticism. It was a spectacular goal.”

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Warriors Look ‘Sharp’ at Seaside Invitational

August 28th, 2010

Senior outside hitter Alison Sharp pounded 17 kills and posted a .433 hitting percentage to lead the Warriors to a sweep of Missouri Baptist (25-17, 25-20, 25-17) in today’s first game at the Point Loma Nazarene Seaside Invitational. The Warriors went on to shutout Robert Morris (Ill) in the afternoon (25-21, 25-19, 25-22) to run their season record to 4-0.

“Alison was playing great defense, passed the ball well and hammered the ball,” reported Westmont head coach Jim Smoot. “It was great to see senior leadership not only in words but also in actions on the court.”

Sharp lead the Warriors during the two-day event with 36 kills (3.60 per set).

“We played strong,” said Smoot, “especially in the morning match against Missouri Baptist, which is receiving votes in the national poll. What I liked most about our performance is that when they started to make runs, we cut them off and limited them to just a few points.”

[game 1 box score] [game 2 box score]

Warriors’ Second-Half Comeback Results in Win

August 28th, 2010

Senior Jameisha Washington scored with less than six minutes left in regulation to give Westmont Women’s Soccer a 2-1 win at Westminster (Utah) on Saturday. With the win, the Warriors improved to 1-0-1 while their hosts dropped to 1-2-1.

“JJ’s goal was incredible” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “She took a shot from about 30 yards out which rebounded off the keeper. The keeper came out to clear it but missed. JJ capitalized by taking a one-touch shot to the far post. She beat the keeper against the wind. It was beautiful. To have the composure to see it and to do it all against the wind took a lot of maturity and focus.”

The Warriors fell behind early when Westminster’s Heather Hillam scored in the eleventh minute after a corner kick.

“Their goal was frustrating because we had spent a decent amount of time (in training) on defending corner kicks and making sure everyone is marked up,” said Kiely. “The ball got loose, the attacker was open and she hit a nice shot to the back post that would have been very hard to save.”

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Volleyball Takes Two to Start Season

August 27th, 2010

Westmont Volleyball head coach Jim Smoot had his first chance to see how is team looked in game-time situation on Friday, and the veteran coach liked what he saw.

“I think this is a good indication of where we stand,” said Smoot about their performance in the Point Loma Nazarene Seaside Invitational. “From what I am seeing, we can hang with everyone in our conference – if we play up to our level.”

While several other Golden State Athletic Conference teams are participating in the event, the Warriors won’t actually see them on the other side of the net. Instead, Westmont matched up with two non-conference opponents today, and will play two more tomorrow.

At the end of day one, Westmont can claim a 2-0 season record. In the first match, Westmont defeated Savannah Art and Design (Ga.) 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-14) and then went on to sweep Huston-Tillotson of Texas (25-10, 25-12, 25-15).

[game 1 box] [game 2 box]

Order Photos in the New Westmont Athletics Photo Album

August 26th, 2010

Thanks to Westmont photographer Brad Elliott, fans of Westmont Athletics can now order photos online through the new Westmont Athletics Photo Album. Photos available begin with the 2009-10 season. As the 2010-11 season gets underway, look for more photos in the album.

The photos are all taken by Brad Elliott and are made available through Smugmug at reasonable prices.

McCarthy Gives Warriors Season Opening Win

August 26th, 2010

Rick McCarthy is having a great start to his college soccer career. Five days after scoring in the Warriors’ exhibition game against #6 UC Santa Barbara, the freshman from Harbor Springs, Michigan provided the winning goal in the season opener for Westmont (1-0). The game, played against Trinity Western of British Columbia (0-2), was contested at Azusa Pacific as a part of the Cougar Classic.

“It wasn’t a great performance by any stretch – kind of an uneven and choppy game. But we came away with one and I guess at this point we will be satisfied with that,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf.

In the nineteenth minute of the game, junior Zach George threw the ball in from the left-hand sideline near the top of the box.

“They didn’t do a great job of dealing with the long throw from Zach,” said Wolf. “The ball skipped through to Rick and he hit a low hard left-footed shot.”

The successful George-to-McCarthy combination would stand as the only goal of the game, giving the Warriors a 1-0 victory.

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2010 Warriors Have a New Look

August 26th, 2010

2010 Westmont Volleyball Season Preview

When you make your way to Murchison Gymnasium to watch a volleyball game this fall, be sure to pick up a program on your way in. You are going to need it.

With only four returning players and 12 new faces, fans will go through a learning curve to identify the players. This years’ roster features one senior, one junior, three sophomores, one red-shirt freshman and ten true freshmen.

While those numbers have caused more than a few volleyball coaches around the Golden State Athletic Conference to shake their heads, Westmont head coach Jim Smoot has embraced the challenge.

“We have a great opportunity to refocus our program,” said Smoot. “Patti Cook (assistant coach) took over the main recruiting responsibilities this year and has done a great job. The talent level of the new recruits is strong and we have some versatility with people who have played at multiple positions. It is a unique situation and it is a challenge, but it is one that I am excited about. I think we are going to be good this year and the future is exciting.”

Men’s Soccer Revamping for 2010 Season

August 26th, 2010

2010 Westmont Men’s Soccer Season Preview

Westmont Men’s Soccer will face a good many adjustments this season. The roster will look different with the loss of nine players from last year and the addition of ten new faces. Add to that the opening of a new facility and Westmont Head Coach Dave Wolf finds himself unwilling to make many predictions about the coming season.

“I felt a lot surer last year of what we had and how we were going to do,” said Wolf, who is entering his twentieth year at the helm of the program. “However, I was off target with a lot of my prognostications. I would say that I am less sure this year. But I don’t necessarily look at that as a bad thing. It just takes time to figure out who you are (as a team).”

Wolf and his team will launch the effort to “figure out who they are” in the new environs of Thorrington Field.

“I think the new facility might be the biggest single impact on this upcoming season,” said Wolf. “The first thing that strikes you is the quality of the surface. That enables us to play a very slick, passing game – if we have the quality to do it.