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Steck Strikes Again, Warriors Win

October 23rd, 2013

Two goals by Kelsey Steck, one in overtime, provided the firepower #3 Westmont Women’s Soccer (11-0-3, 5-0-2 GSAC) needed to claim a Golden State Athletic Conference victory over #15 The Master’s on Wednesday in Santa Clarita.

“Kelsey Steck played worthy of the Player of the Week honor she received this week and she now has five goals in two games,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “More than anything else, I’m happy to get a victory in an overtime game this year. (Goalkeeper) Lindsey (Smith) came up big again today and was very good. Kaitlynn Durham ran the sidelines all game long.

“The game could have gone either way,” said the coach. “I thought The Master’s came out better than we did to start. I thought we came out better in the second half and overtime. The wind was a huge factor and we struggled with it in the first half.”

In the tenth minute, the Mustangs claimed an early goal on a free kick by Tara Struiksma. Natasha Coyle headed in the pass from Struiksma, deflecting it into the net past Smith.

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Volleyball Avenges First Loss

October 22nd, 2013

Five weeks ago, Westmont Volleyball took at perfect 12-0 record into a match in Escondido against Cal State San Marcos and returned home with their first defeat of the year, losing 3-1. Tonight, the #16 Warriors had an opportunity to avenge that earlier loss when the #24 Cougars came calling at Murchison. Avenge they did, sweeping the Cougars 25-17, 25-19, 25-17.

“I am extremely pleased,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We executed the game plan well. I am pleased with the pressure that we kept putting on them. Our focus remained strong, even when we were two games up.”

The Warriors improved to 17-5 with the win while the Cougars fell to 22-10.

“We were a different team tonight than we were when we first played them,” said Cook. “It is a testimony to the hard work that we have been putting in. We have had our ups and our downs but we have always been moving forward.”

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Steck Honored as Offensive Player of the Week

October 22nd, 2013

Sophomore forward Kelsey Steck from Valencia has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick against Arizona Christian on Saturday.

“Kelsey is probably our best athlete, through and through,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “Her explosiveness, her power, her strength – her size and speed combined – make her very powerful.”

With five goals on the season, Steck is now the leading scorer for the third-ranked Warriors (10-0-3) who have had 16 different players score this season.

“She continually gets herself in great places where she is able to come up with goal scoring opportunities and just hasn’t been able to capitalize on those (before Saturday),” said Kiely. “She spent a lot of time last week after each (training) session working on finishing from lots of different angles. (Saturday) she scored from different sides of the goal. One was a poke in, one she had to drive a little bit and one she finished with a header.”

Men’s Soccer Steals Another Victory

October 22nd, 2013
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(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) A surging Westmont Men’s Soccer squad (8-5, 4-3 GSAC) is making the most out of their last cluster of contests in Golden State Athletic Conference play. Once again, the Warriors mustered up some magic in a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over The Master’s (3-9-1, 2-5 GSAC) in Santa Clarita Tuesday afternoon.

“The Master’s is a really difficult place to play,” voiced Warrior head coach Dave Wolf. “Teams don’t often leave here with victories. I think the fact that we were able to do just that is a real positive.”

Although each crew had their respective opportunities, neither team struck pay dirt in the initial half of play. Westmont finished the first half with six total shots (three on goal) and two corners taken. The Master’s concluded the first 45 with four shot attempts (one on goal) and four corners taken.

Steck Sticks in Three

October 19th, 2013

Third-ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer (10-0-3, 4-0-2 GSAC) exploded offensively on Saturday afternoon at Thorrington Field as they defeated the Firestorm of Arizona Christian (2-12, 0-6) in a Golden State Athletic Conference game. Sophomore Kelsey Steck recorded a hat trick while senior Kaci Mexico added a goal and two assists.

The Warriors found the back of the net in just the sixth minute of play when Mexico pushed a ball forward to Steck who then beat the Firestorm’s keeper. Ten minutes later, the same scenario played itself out again with the same players in the same roles.

In the 21st minute, Mexico became the goal scorer. A pass from Alison Hensley was relayed to Mexico at the top of the box by Jenny Martinez. Mexico put the ball away to give Westmont a 3-0 advantage.

Steck’s third goal came in the 26th minute. Missy Robertson, who had just entered the game, crossed the ball from the right sideline and Steck headed in the pass, making it a 4-0 game.

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Warriors Gain GSAC Ground with Victory

October 19th, 2013
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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont community had to contest a different type of Firestorm on campus Saturday – one that goes by the name of Arizona Christian. Featuring a maneuvered lineup, reinvigorated players, and precision passing, Westmont Men’s Soccer improved its record to 7-5 overall and 3-3 in the Golden State Athletic Conference by way of a 3-2 victory over ACU (9-5, 2-4).

Coming into their pivotal match up against the Firestorm, Westmont had lost consecutive disappointing games against nationally ranked conference foes, #18 Biola and #12 Concordia. With important GSAC positioning on the line, the Warriors’ coaching staff decided it was time for an adjustment.

“It was simply time to change things up a bit to take pressure off of some of our guys who have been playing a lot of minutes,” specified assistant coach Johnny Whallon. “We believe that we have a deep bench and an assortment of guys who can play a plethora of positions, and I think both of those traits were on display today.”

Women’s Basketball Ring Cermony

October 17th, 2013

McCann, Turner Lead Warriors to Win

October 16th, 2013

Jessica McCann and Ciara Turner accounted for nearly half of the Warriors’ kills as #17 Westmont Volleyball (16-5) claimed a 3-1 non-conference win over La Sierra (15-7).

McCann tallied 15 kills on 24 attempts while committing just one error. She led the Warriors with a .583 attack percentage. Turner connected for 11 kills on a .429 attack percentage – the same percentage as Sydney Striff who notched eight kills. Madison Serrano added another nine kills to the Warriors’ cause.

The first set was closely contested with the Golden Eagles rallying to claim a 27-25 win. However, the Warriors rebounded with a 25-19 win in the second set and take control of the momentum.

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