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Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Marymount 4-0

August 31st, 2012

Westmont Women’s Soccer, ranked at number nine in the NAIA, won its home opener on Friday, shutting out Marymount 4-0. The Warriors outshot the Mariners 32-2, helping to rectify a struggling offense.

“It feels like the monkey is starting to get off the back,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely, referring to a struggle to finish shots against Missouri Valley in a 1-0 loss a week and one-half ago. “In the first 30 minutes, it felt like Missouri Valley all over again. We were dominating, but we could not finish. Then it started to turn around.”

The start of the turnaround came in the thirty-third minute when All-American Alison Hensley dribbled up the middle of the field and scored from 10 yards out. Hensley’s goal was the product of a decision to move the junior from her customary position in the back to the midfield.

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Akyen Scores Hat Trick in Warrior Win

August 31st, 2012

A hat trick from Nana Akyen and a pair of goals by Gerald Ben led the Warriors to a season opening 5-3 win over Marymount (1-2) at Thorrington Field. The Warriors, fell behind 2-0 in the first ten minutes of the game, but recovered with a goal before halftime and four more in the second half.

“It was a tough way to start the game,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf, “and there were a lot of obstacles at that point in the game. We had never played them before and knew very little about them. We were expecting them to be a good team and they obviously were very good out of the gate.”

Viktor Ahlgren scored in the first minute of the game from 12 yards out after receiving a pass from Tony Gonzalez on the left side. Seven and one-half minutes later, the same two players combined to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Mariners.

The early deficit did not seem to discourage the Warriors. In the twenty-first minute, Gerald Ben dribbled the ball down the field and then past the Mariners’ goalkeeper to score in an empty net.

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Warriors Perfect after Opening Weekend

August 24th, 2012

Westmont Women’s Volleyball, ranked at number 24 in the NAIA, defeated its second top-ten opponent in as many days, knocking off #7 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18) on the second day of the Biola/Red Lion Anaheim Summer Slam. Later in the day, Westmont improved their record to 4-0 with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 24-18) victory over Midlands (Neb.)

“The team is looking great,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We looked a little more tired than yesterday. That is to be expected, especially since we played four matches in basically 24 hours. I think the players handled that really well. We played well as a team, today. Everyone had their moments, but they were comfortable with each other out on the court.”

Four players reached double figures in kills against Rocky Mountain (2-5) led by outside hitter Madison Serrano with 18 who also contributed 12 digs. Tessa Martin added another 17 kills as an outside hitter. Martin, who tallied 19 digs and six assists, posted a team-high attack percentage overage of .424. Middle blockers Ciara Turner and Alexandria Wilson pounded the floor with 13 and 12 kills respectively.

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Volleyball Starts Season with a Pair of Ws

August 23rd, 2012

Westmont Volleyball, ranked at number 24 in the NAIA Preseason Poll, started the season off with a pair of wins on the first day of the 2012 Biola/Red Lion Anaheim Summer Slam. After sweeping Southern Oregon 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-12) in an early afternoon game, the Warriors knocked off #8 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17).

“That was a great way to start our season, especially with Southern Oregon beating Biola last weekend,” noted Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “They are a good team, even though they are not ranked.

“Our players handled themselves as an experienced team,” assessed Cook. “They looked like a bunch of veterans out there. Overall, they played solid defense and made some great scramble plays. When they made a mistake, they moved right on to the next point without dwelling on it. They didn’t let the errors get to them at all.”

In the win over Southern Oregon, Madison Serrano tallied 13 kills while posting an attack percentage of .545. The sophomore outside hitter had just one attack error in 22 attempts. Sophomore Heidi Thompson, playing in the right side hitter position, recorded 10 kills (.232 attack percentage) while middle blocker Alexandria Wilson contributed seven kills (.312) attack percentage. As a team, Westmont hit .288 and recorded nine service aces – four by junior Tessa Martin.

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Volleyball Sets Sites on Sioux City

August 22nd, 2012

In the fall of 2010, Westmont volleyball took the floor with a roster of one senior, one junior, three sophomores and 10 freshmen. Two years later, with loads of playing experience under their belt, Westmont sports a 2012 roster of three seniors, seven juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.

“We have a core group of 13 returning players, six of which started last year,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook regarding the depth of her roster. “We are returning all of our starters and gaining two freshmen that are going to add to the strength of the team offensively in the front row. I find that players really start to hit their stride during their junior or senior years.”

The Players

Cook will depend on the two senior captains – setter Candice Adema and libero Kristin Schroeder – to provide leadership for her team. Adema, who has run the Warrior’s offense the last two years, has a career assists average of 8.16 assists per set. She ranks fifth in career assists for the Warriors with 1,776.

“Candice is a real anchor for this team,” said Cook. “She is fiery and competitive and has shown herself to be a skilled, top-level setter in the GSAC. Candice’s strength is her front row presence. She wins every joust and is deadly with her one handed dunk. As a leader, she wants to be out there running the offense the entire time.”

PK Sinks Women’s Soccer

August 22nd, 2012

A penalty kick in the thirty-first minute proved to be the only goal of the game as #9 Westmont Women’s Soccer (0-1-1) suffered a 1-0 loss to Missouri Valley (1-0) in Baldwin City, Kansas. The Warriors outshot Missouri Valley 15-8 and posted a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal but could not find the back of the net.

“We didn’t start the game great and we gave away a PK,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “We made some adjustments and I thought the players responded well overall. We outshot them 11-0 in the second half and could not finish. We are going to have to continue to work hard and make adjustments.”

After the game, Kiely expressed frustration over a play just before Missouri Valley’s penalty kick. “Just three minutes before, Aolani (Rueff) got on the ball and drove 15-20 yards to inside the penalty box on the end line. She was clipped from behind by a Missouri Valley player but was not awarded a penalty kick. It sure felt like the referee called it on one end and not the other. I wish Lani had been award the PK because of the effort she made on that play.”

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Season Starts with Top-10 Showdown

August 21st, 2012

In a match-up of NAIA top-ten teams, #9 Westmont Women’s Soccer started the 2012 season by posting a 2-2 tie at #6 Baker (Kan.). Playing in the Midwest heat in Baldwin City, the Warriors jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by senior midfielder Aolani Rueff in the twenty-ninth minute, assisted by senior forward Ashley Correa.

“We had great energy to start,” reported Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “Ashley was able to find Lani behind their back line. Lani made a great run and had great courage. She got tangled up with the keeper but was able to dink it past her. Lani was absolutely fantastic for us. She played all 110 minutes on the turf where it was 100 degrees and she never stopped running. I was glad to see her rewarded for that.”

Less than three minutes later, however, Baker’s Alexa Fryer evened the score at one.

“We had a bad pass out of the back,” said Kiely. “They were able to pick it off and go to goal with a quality finish. Baker is a very tough side, a physical side. We play two very different styles. As far as possession goes, I think we kept the ball better and longer. But they certainly got in behind us quite a few times. That meant a lot of work for our backs. We were doing shuttle runs most of the game.

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Warriors Open Season with Traditional Match-up at UCSB

August 19th, 2012

The 50th Annual Bryant and Sons Cup proved to be entertaining exhibition game between Westmont men’s soccer and NCAA Division I UC Santa Barbara, which is ranked at number 11. The Warriors held the Gauchos scoreless for the first 43 minutes of play before Goffin Boyoko gave UCSB a 1-0 lead on a goal scored from the top of the box.

“We stayed in the game longer than we did last year and that was a positive,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “I thought we had worked real hard to keep the game level so it was a difficult way to go into halftime. Then I think superior numbers and ability and lots of ability began to take its hold.”

The Gauchos posted second half goals by Achille Campion in the seventieth minute and Dom Sarle in the seventhy-seventh minute.

“I thought some of our passing sequences were actually quite good,” said Wolf. “Even when they backed us down a little bit, I thought defensively we stayed calm and were able to weather the storm. I thought (goalkeeper) Matt (McNab) was very solid in the goal. We have a little bit of a make-shift back four right now and I thought they held up very well.