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Cougars Sweep Warriors

October 11th, 2011

All three sets were close, but #7 Azusa Pacific (20-4, 7-2 GSAC) left Murchison Gymnasium on Tuesday evening with a three-game Golden State Athletic Conference sweep (25-21, 25-23, 25-22) of Westmont Volleyball (5-12, 3-6).

“If a couple of players had had a great night, we could have extended that match,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “APU’s defense did a good job of shutting down our hitters, however, they did not shutdown Kayta (Goyich). I was proud of the way she kept on hammering the ball. She has a heavy arm and she was able to turn it on tonight.”

Goyich, a right-side hitter, tallied nine kills and posted a .368 attack percentage for the Warriors. Madison Serrano led Westmont with 10 kills and also tallied 24 serve receptions.

Among the challenges for the Warriors in tonight’s match was an obvious height advantage for the Cougars, including starter middle blocker Christy Chan at 6-4 and right-side hitter Whittany Radcliffe at 6-1.

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Men’s Soccer Edged by Cougars

October 11th, 2011

A lone goal in the eighty-second minute is all that #12 Azusa Pacific (8-2-1, 2-1-1 GSAC) scored in today’s Golden State Athletic Conference game against Westmont men’s soccer (2-7-1, 1-2-1), but it was all they needed as the Cougars posted a 1-0 victory. Lucas Young headed in a ball off a corner kick by John Tribbey for the winning goal.

“I think we played relatively well,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “We tried a couple of different things in terms of our lineup and got a couple of responses out of those. We’re still struggling to create a lot of goal scoring chances. In a sport where scoring is hard, we are putting a lot of pressure on our team defensively.”

Though the stat sheet indicated that Azusa Pacific outshot Westmont 18-5, Wolf contends that the game was not as lopsided as one might think.

“I think quite the contrary,” said Wolf. “I thought at times it was a very even game. I thought we got out and played and didn’t just sit in and tried to hold on at all.”

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Women’s Soccer Knocks off #4 Concordia

October 8th, 2011

For the second time this week, #25 Westmont Women’s Soccer (8-2, 3-0 GSAC) has defeated a ranked opponent, this time defeating fourth-ranked Concordia (9-2-1, 1-1-1) by a score of 3-2. On Tuesday, the Warriors defeated #14 The Master’s by a 2-1 count. Westmont and Point Loma Nazarene now sit atop the GSAC women’s soccer standings with identical 3-0 records.

“I am encouraged and inspired by these young women,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “I gave them all the credit for the work that they have put in, the way that they have implemented the things we are trying to teach them, the way they think about the game and the way that they process afterwards. They are evolving into successful soccer players. It is fun to be a part of it.”

In the thirtieth minute of play, the Warriors scored the only goal of the first half. Freshman Christine Adams sent in a ball from the left sideline that junior captain Aolani Rueff poked in the net from six yards out. The goal was the third of the season for Rueff while Adams picked up her first assist.

At halftime, the talk in the Westmont huddle centered around being prepared for the intensity with which Concordia was expected to respond.

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Cross Country Competes at Vanguard

October 8th, 2011

Westmont’s Jake Jeanson and Kate Stuart each placed fourth in their respective races at the Vanguard Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. Jeanson posted a time of 25:47 in the men’s 8.000 meter race to lead the Warriors to a third place finish among 12 teams. Stuart’s 5,000 meter time of 18:15 helped Westmont achieve a fourth place finish among 14 teams.

“We finished twelve points behind Master’s,” noted Westmont head coach Russell Smelley, “roughly the same place we were a month ago. We have the potential to change that a month from now at the GSAC Championship. That is the goal. It would garner third place and cut into Biola’s lead for second.”

Azusa Pacific won the women’s race with a total of 36 points. The Master’s finished second with 86 points while Loyola Marymount took third with 97 points – one less than the Warriors. Other Golden State Athletic Conference teams included Vanguard in seventh place (176 points), San Diego Christian in tenth place (266 points), Concordia in eleventh place (337 points) and Fresno Pacific in twelfth (349 points).

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Eagles Outscore Warriors

October 8th, 2011

Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-6-1, 1-1-1) suffered a 2-1 Golden State Athletic Conference loss at the hand of #11 Concordia (9-1, 3-0) on Saturday at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors went down 2-0 in the first half and could not find a way to even the score.

“It is probably mixed for me,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf regarding his thoughts about the game. “I am disappointed with the result. Going behind made it hard for us. It is a long way back against a good team, with just one day of rest between games.”

Due to a rainout on Wednesday, the Warriors took on The Master’s College on Thursday, a game which produced a scoreless, two-overtime tie.”

“On the other hand, I thought that at times we played some of our best soccer,” said Wolf. “The starting point of getting better over the last few weeks was eliminating the bad goal. Step two was to get more solid defensively. Step three was to see if we could generate more attack. The second half of today’s game was indicative of how we have defended the last few games. Unfortunately, the big mistake reared its head again.”

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Volleyball Falls in Three to Concordia

October 8th, 2011

It was three and out for Westmont Volleyball as they took on #3 Concordia in Irvine on Saturday night. The Warriors struggled with their offense, posting just a .076 attack percentage against the Eagles. No Warrior had more than four kills. Set scores were 25-13, 25-19 and 25-23.

“Concordia is a really good team and they played like it,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We were having trouble digging and were struggling in transition.”

Westmont led for most of the third set and held a 14-9 advantage. However, Concordia rallied, scoring the next six points to take a 15-14 lead. Westmont stayed close to the Eagles the rest of the set but never led again.

“Stacey Braceros said to me, ‘Even though it wasn’t one of our best games, I think we made some leaps with our mental game’,” said Cook. “The players did not lose focus or their drive to win.”

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Warriors Tie Up Mustangs

October 6th, 2011

On a blustery October day at Thorrington Field, Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-5-1, 1-0-1 GSAC) matched up against the twenty-fourth ranked Mustangs of The Master’s College (7-1-2, 0-1-1). At the end of regulation and two overtime periods, neither team had put the ball in the back of the net, resulting in a 0-0 tie in the Golden State Athletic Conference match-up.

“It was a hard day to play – especially for our front players,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf of the windy conditions. “When you were playing with the wind, the ball got on top of you fast. When you were playing against the wind, the ball hung. It was a hard day to pass the ball.”

The stat sheet proved to be nearly as close as the final score. The Master’s made 15 shots and placed five on goal while Westmont took 13 shots, four of which were on target. The Master’s tallied three corner kick opportunities to Westmont’s two and the Mustangs committed 16 fouls compared to 15 for the Warriors.

“Since the McKendree game, we have been taking some steps (forward),” said Wolf. “I think today was a half-step forward. It was a clean sheet against a good opponent and it was a point in the standings in a conference that it is hard to get points in.”

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Men’s Soccer Match Postponed

October 5th, 2011

The men’s soccer match against The Master’s scheduled for Wednesday, October 5 has been rescheduled due to field conditions. The game has been rescheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6. An overnight storm has left standing water on Thorrington Field.