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Warriors Start Season in Malibu

October 30th, 2013

As it has in each of the last seven years, Westmont Women’s Basketball started the 2013-14 season with an exhibition game in Malibu against the Waves of Pepperdine. Ranked third in the NAIA preseason coaches’ poll, the Warriors fell to the Waves 57-55.

Pepperdine’s Amanda Lovely (7 points, 7 rebounds) gave the Waves the win when she pulled down an offensive rebound and scored on the put-back with 2.9 seconds remaining in the game.

Three Warriors scored in double-figures. Esther Lee went five for 13 from the field – including three for eight from three-point range – to lead all scorers with 13 points. Celina Gougis made five of 16 shots from the floor on her way to 12 points and five assists. Keslie Sampson tallied 10 points and nine rebounds.

Pepperdine was led by Bria Richardson who scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

An Unroyal Welcome

October 30th, 2013

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont Men’s Soccer (9-6, 5-4 GSAC) guaranteed themselves a promotion into postseason play after capping off a turbulent 1-0 shutout victory over Golden State Athletic Conference foe Hope International (3-13-1, 1-7-1 GSAC) at Thorrington Field Wednesday.

The predominate theme of the match was idle offense and fruitless up field ventures; however, the contest swiftly transformed, proving that the first 70 minutes only represented the calm before the storm.

Four minutes into the second half, the Royals went a man down after a red card was issued for a thrown elbow. Nevertheless, Westmont would not capitalize on their newly found advantage for another 23 minutes.

In the 72nd minute, 16 total shots and 11 corner kicks later, two veterans – senior Sean Siemens and junior Jonathan Yeeles – teamed up to deliver the only goal of the contest. Just two yards outside of the penalty area, Siemens blasted a shot that collided with the Royal’s goalkeeper, subsequently ricocheting back out to Yeeles who polished off the finish from 10 yards out.

Time Change for Women’s Soccer

October 30th, 2013

The start time for the final game of the Women’s Soccer regular season has been changed to 12:30 p.m. Westmont, ranked at number three in the NAIA, will host #10 Vanguard in a contest that will determine second place in the GSAC standings and which of those two teams receives a bye in the first round of the next week’s GSAC Championships.

The change was initiated in order to comply with Golden State Athletic Conference requirements. The start time for the men’s soccer game will remain at 3:00 p.m.

Seven women’s soccer players and eight men’s soccer players will be honored in Senior Day ceremonies prior to their respective games. Fans are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early to participate in the senior recognition.

Women’s Soccer Explodes for Six Goals in Win

October 29th, 2013

Westmont Women’s Soccer (13-0-3, 7-0-2 GSAC), ranked third in the NAIA, put on an offensive display on Tuesday afternoon at Thorrington Field, defeating Hope International (3-11-3, 1-7-1) by a score of 6-0 in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest.

Westmont’s first goal came in the 16h minute when Courtney Stonesifer’s shot from the left side curved past defenders and hit the inside of the far post. In the 35th minute, Sophia Smati dribble down the center of the field, then passed to Tiffany Dimaculangan who was running alongside. Dimaculangan dribbled past several defenders and then passed forward to Kaci Mexico who connected from five yards out for the goal.

Westmont scored its third goal of the half in the 43rd minute with a triangle offense that would have made Phil Jackson smile. From the left side, Smati passed the ball to Mexico on the right. Mexico then passed back to Brooke Lillywhite in the center of the field who fired off a shot from the top of the 18.

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Eagles Take Down Warriors

October 29th, 2013

Second-ranked Concordia (19-1, 9-0 GSAC) proved to be a too much for #14 Westmont Volleyball (18-6, 4-5) to overcome on Tuesday night in Murchison Gymnasium, despite a valiant effort from the Warriors. The Eagles swept the Warriors in the Golden State Athletic Conference match 25-17, 25-18, 25-14.

“I thought we played with passion for the first two games,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We started to lose that a little bit in the last two games. I called a timeout and challenged the team to not let another team take away their fire or their heart. I was really proud of how the team finished, fighting to the end.”

Ciara Turner led the Warrior attack with eight kills (.277 attack percentage) while Madison Serrano added another seven kills. Serrano also tallied 30 serve receptions and 16 digs.

“I was really impressed with Madison’s back row play,” said Cook. “She did a great job of digging and passing.”

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Volleyball Sweeps Firestorm

October 26th, 2013

Westmont Volleyball, ranked at number 16, made short work of road trip to Phoenix, sweeping Arizona Christian 25-18, 25-11, 25-15. The Warriors improved to 18-5 overall with the win and 4-4 in Golden State Athletic Conference play. The Firestorm fell to 1-17 overall and 0-8 in GSAC play.

Freshman Jessica McCann led the Warriors with 10 kills and a .300 attack percentage. Ciara Turner tallied eight kills on 10 attempts without an error, resulting in a .800 attack percentage. Madison Serrano also contributed eight kills while hitting .538. As a team, Westmont produced a .388 attack percentage.

Setter Heidi Thompson accumulated 25 assists while Serrano added 15 digs and 14 serve receptions. Tessa Martin also had 14 serve receptions and added seven digs.

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Warriors Gain Road Win in El Cajon

October 26th, 2013

A penalty kick by Alison Hensley in the first half was all that #3 Westmont Women’s Soccer (12-0-3, 6-0-2 GSAC) needed to claim a 1-0 Golden State Athletic Conference road win at San Diego Christian (8-6-1, 2-5-1) on Saturday afternoon. It was Hensley fifth goal of the season; making her Westmont’s second leading scorer.

“It was exactly what we thought it would be – a very difficult place to play with a lot of people on one half (of the field),” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely.

The game’s lone goal came in the 33rd minute.

“Kaci Mexico ended up behind (San Diego Christian’s) back line,” described Kiely, “and had a one-on-one with the keeper. A defender caught up with Kaci and fouled her from behind in the box. The defender was issued a red card and Alison scored the penalty kick.”

The Warriors outshot the Hawks 12-4 and posted a 5-2 advantage of shots on goal.

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Heartbreak Hawks Take Overtime Again

October 26th, 2013

(EL CAJON, Calif.) In an all too familiar twist of fate Saturday afternoon in El Cajon, Westmont Men’s Soccer (8-6, 4-4 GSAC) once again experienced an overtime defeat dealt by Golden State Athletic Conference foe #18 San Diego Christian (12-2-2, 5-1-2 GSAC), this time by a final of 1-0.

The Warriors failed to find their groove on offense, struggling mightily up front throughout the entire match. “We weren’t able to get a lot going offensively,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “San Diego Christian is a good team, so their defense had something to do with that for sure, but it wasn’t a game in which we had a lot of people unleashed in the offensive third.”

Throughout the first half, the Hawk’s stifling defense only allowed three shots. In the second, the Warriors regressed, tallying only one additional shot attempt in route to their lowest full game total on the season – four.

Even with the lackluster showing on offense, the Warriors’ defense played lights out, not allowing a goal in regulation.