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Smith and Correa Honored by GSAC

October 31st, 2011

Ashley Correa and Lindsey Smith have swept Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week honors for #18 Westmont Soccer (11-5, 6-3 GSAC). Correa, a 5-7 junior forward from Lynnwood, Washington, was named the Offensive Player of the Week while Smith, a 5-9 sophomore goalkeeper from Pleasanton, earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.

The Warriors received the honors after Westmont earned two victories last week. On Tuesday Westmont defeated Fresno Pacific (6-8, 2-7) on the road by a score of 3-1. Then on Saturday, Westmont handed #3 Point Loma Nazarene (16-1-1, 8-1) its first loss of the year; shutting out the Sea Lions 2-0.

Correa produced two assists against Fresno Pacific, connecting with freshman Christine Adams for both scores. On Saturday, she delivered the game winner against Point Loma Nazarene in the eighty-first minute. Correa took a free kick from just outside the box and shot the ball past a wall of five Sea Lion defenders and into the side netting.

Women’s Soccer to Play at Three in GSAC Tournament

October 31st, 2011

As the number four seed, Westmont Women’s Soccer (11-5, 6-3 GSAC) will host number five seed Concordia on Tuesday afternoon at Thorrington Field in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships. Originally scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start, the Warriors and Eagles will now kick off at 3:00 p.m.

Because this is a GSAC Tournament game, all fans must purchase a ticket to gain entry into the game. However, the admission cost for the first 100 Westmont students will be covered by the Office of President Gayle Beebe.

Admission Prices are as follows:
• Adults $10.00
• Faculty and Staff: $10.00
• Seniors (62 years and older) $8.00
• Students (including Westmont) $6.00
• Children 14 and under Free

Warriors Hand Sea Lions First Loss

October 30th, 2011

By Josh Hernandez

Inserted into the game in the seventeenth minute, Ashley Correa sparked the team by flinging beautiful crosses, winning possessions of fifty-fifty balls, and asserting herself as an offensive presence to be reckoned with. That spark lit ablaze in the eightieth minute when Correa scored on a free kick that dodged the wall of defenders and slid passed the goalie’s outstretched arms.

The free kick was awarded when Tiffany Dimaculangan split the defense and drew a foul right outside the box. The goal proved to be the deciding factor as the #18 Westmont Women’s Soccer (11-5, 6-3 GSAC) team knocked off the previously unbeaten and third ranked Sea Lions of Point Loma Nazarene (16-1-1, 8-1) in dramatic fashion on Thorrington Field. Junior Aolani Rueff added an assurance goal off a rebound to make the final score 2-0 in the final Golden State Athletic Conference regular season game of the year.

On a day that honored three seniors – Melanie Greene, Samantha Kleen, and Leeza Henderson – there was plenty to play for.

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Westmont Upsets Biola – Again

October 30th, 2011

Twenty-eight days after upsetting Biola in Murchison Gymnasium, Westmont Women’s Volleyball has proven they can play with the best teams in the country by doing it again – this time on the fourteenth-ranked Eagles’ home court. Westmont won in five sets 25-21, 11-25, 28-26, 10-25, 18-16.

“The game was a series of ups and down,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook, “but we played well when we needed to. When it started to get tight, we executed the game plan efficiently.”

The match saw dramatic shifts in momentum. Westmont went up 14-6 in the first set, but Biola responded and tied the game at 17-all. Still tied at 20-all, Westmont reeled off three-straight points on kills by Ciara Turner and Madison Serrano and a service ace by Stacey Braceros. That gave the Warriors the cushion they need to take the first set 25-21.

The momentum was all Biola’s in the second set as the Eagles quickly tallied a 25-11 win to tie the match at one-all. The swing of the pendulum looked like it might have been permanent when Biola mounted a 10-2 run to go up 17-8. But odd numbered sets belong to the Warriors on Saturday afternoon in La Mirada. The Warriors produced their own 13-4 run to tie the game at 21 before finally winning 28-26.

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Women’s Basketball Starts with a Bang

October 30th, 2011

It was never close. The season opener for #20 Westmont Women’s Basketball was a one-sided affair with the Warriors (1-0) prevailing over the Golden Eagles of La Sierra (0-2) by a score of 92-45.

Westmont jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first four and one-half minutes and then pushed it to 52-16 at the half. The Warriors led by as much as 56 points in the second half (84-28 with 10:19 remaining). Westmont is 9–0 over La Sierra all-time.

Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore was able to give nearly every player double-digit court time and all but one player scored. Junior transfer Tugce Canitz led the Warriors with 16, going six for eight from the field. Junior guard Vanessa Farias tallied 14 points on six-of-ten shooting and sophomore guard Erin Beadle made four of seven from the field and two of two from the charity stripe to record ten points.

Junior post player Tawny McCain led the Warriors on the boards with 12 rebounds (five off the offensive glass) and also went four of six from the field to score eight points. The team’s 52 rebounds was the sixth most in Warrior history.

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Sea Lions Steal One from Warriors

October 30th, 2011

The regular season came to an end on a sour note for the Westmont Men’s Soccer team. The Warriors (3-11-1, 2-6-1 GSAC) lost the Golden State Athletic Conference finale 2-1 to Point Loma Nazarene (4-11-1, 2-7) in double-overtime.

Despite the loss, Westmont advances to the GSAC Tournament as the number eight seed. The Warriors will travel to Fresno to take on regular season champion Fresno Pacific (11-5, 7-2). The game will be played at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3.

The Warrior scored first on a stunning run by Nana Akyen in the sixtieth minute. The sophomore midfielder passed the ball to Daniel Johnsen who passed it back to him as he ran down the middle of the field. Akyen the beat the keeper with a move to his right and placed the ball in an empty net. The goal was the third of the season for Akyen.

However, the Sea Lions would produce the equalizer on a header by Paul Fuchs, forcing the game into overtime. Tyler Hall scored the winning goal in the fifth minute of the second overtime period.

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Adams Strikes Twice in Warrior Win

October 26th, 2011

Freshman Christine Adams scored two goals, both assisted by Ashley Correa, to help #18 Westmont Women’s Soccer (10-5, 5-3 GSAC) record a 3-1 Golden State Athletic Conference win over host Fresno Pacific (6-7, 2-6) on Wednesday night. With the win, Westmont moves into fourth place in the GSAC standings.

“I never felt calm for a second,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “It was a very fast game. It was probably the game in which I have had the most butterflies. Our players did a great job and played well with a lot of energy and fight. I give Fresno Pacific a lot of credit. They are a very good team and will be a force in the playoffs. Our players are coming off a frustrating week and they were ready and waiting to perform. They just did that.”

Westmont’s first goal came in just the third minute and the second in the thirty-seventh minute, with the second proving to be a near photocopy of the first.

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Turner Tallies 17 Kills in Sweep

October 25th, 2011

Sophomore middle blocker Ciara Turner collected 17 kills and recorded a .560 attack percentage to lead Westmont Volleyball (8-13, 6-7 GSAC) to a sweep of Hope International (5-20, 1-12) on Tuesday night at Murchison Gymnasium. Turner recorded just three errors in her 25 attempts and added five kills – one solo and four assists.

“I thought Ciara did a fantastic job of owing that game,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “She has been working very hard and that hard work showed itself on the court tonight.”

With the first set tied at 18-all, Madison Serrano (12 kills .323 attack percentage) kicked off a six-point Warrior run in which she accounted for half the points. Turner added another two kills during the rally that left the Warriors with a 24-18 advantage on their way to a 25-20 win.

The Warriors found themselves trailing most of the early going of set number two. Down 11-14, however, Turner and Serrano combined for four of the next six points to give Westmont a 16-15 advantage. A block by Turner and setter Candice Adema was followed by a block from Turner and Serrano putting Westmont up 18-15. The Royals pursued, but never caught the Warriors who won the set 25-23.

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