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#12 Concordia Rallies Back to Shock Men’s Soccer

October 16th, 2013

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Despite notching the initial goal of the match, enjoying a halftime lead, and outshooting the nation’s #12 team 15-11 Wednesday afternoon, Westmont Men’s Soccer (6-5, 2-3 GSAC) faltered at home against foe Concordia (8-3, 5-0) 2-1.

Senior Nana Akyen commanded the Warriors offensively, generating seven shots (three on goal) while recording his fourth score of the year on an unassisted goal in the 18th minute.

In a brilliant display of futbol flair, Akyen raided an Eagle player of the ball on a timely tackle, eluded two more defenders on a nifty crossover dribble, and released a dart from 19 yards out that found the back of the net.

Despite a 1-0 lead at the break, as well as two-thirds of their shot attempts materializing in the second half, the last 45 minutes were not as fortuitous for Akyen and the Warriors. Ultimately, Concordia managed to stymie the Westmont attack and score two goals to secure the road victory.

Same Song, Second Verse

October 15th, 2013

After battling to a scoreless tie on Saturday against the #23 Eagles of Biola (7-4-1, 1-2-1 GSAC), #3 Westmont Women’s Soccer (9-0-3, 3-0-2) settled into a familiar refrain against the twelfth-ranked Eagles of Concordia (9-0-3, 4-0-1). The Warriors reprised Saturday’s goalless result in today’s Golden State Athletic Conference game at Thorrington Field.

Concordia hit the pitch with an upbeat pace, controlling the majority of possession for the first 15-20 minutes of the game. The rest of the opening frame settled into a more harmonious balance of possession. After the intermission, it was Westmont who provided the up-tempo rhythm in the early minutes, punctuated with a staccato of opportunities that, unfortunately for the Warriors, went without resolution.

“It is certainly disappointing to have two 0-0 games,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “The last few games we have not looked as threating and dangerous up top. We need to get that sorted out. We looked like we had played a double overtime game three days ago. We tried to sub as much as we could, but I thought we looked tired today. I give the team a lot of credit for the change they made at halftime.”

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The Score Never Changed

October 14th, 2013

It was a game filled with lots of action, but no scoring as #3 Westmont Women’s Soccer and Biola battled to a scoreless tie on Saturday night in La Mirada in a Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. The Warriors (9-0-2, 3-0-1 GSAC) tallied 20 shots, 10 on goal, while the Eagles (7-4-1, 1-2-1) put up 13 shots, two of which were on goal.

“It was a good game,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “I think this is what college soccer is about. Certainly there was some frustration, but it was exciting, a fun environment and a good game. Obviously, to have two shots cleared off the line, one hit the cross bar and two one-vs-one opportunities with the keeper that we missed, were unfortunate and frustrating.”

The first half was a defensive struggle with both teams proving to be stingy at allowing scoring opportunities for the other.

“We knew going into the game that they would be physical and aggressive and we needed to move the ball quickly,” said Kiely. “We made some adjustments at half time and did a much better job of keeping the ball and getting it forward from that point on. Our midfield was fantastic.”

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Serrano Catches Fire in Warrior Win

October 14th, 2013

Westmont outside hitter Madison Serrano released an offensive onslaught on Saturday night in Fullerton, leading the Warriors to a three game sweep (25-17, 25-18, 25-21) over Hope International. The junior connected for 18 kills on 32 attempts with just one attack error, resulting in a .531 attack percentage.

The win brought to an end a three-game losing streak and improved the Warriors’ record to 15-5 overall and 3-4 in Golden State Athletic Conference play. Hope International fell to 5-14 overall and 1-6 in conference.

As a team, Westmont produced a .383 attack percentage – committing just nine errors in 94 attempts while tallying 45 kills. Alexa Nestlerode and Heidi Thompson combined for 37 assists. Serrano led the Warriors in digs with 10.

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#8 Eagles Soar over Warriors

October 12th, 2013

(La Mirada, Calif.) Westmont Men’s Soccer renewed their annual rivalry with Golden State Athletic Conference adversary #8 Biola in La Mirada Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, for the Warriors, the only contest of the 2013 regular season against the Eagles did not go as strategized, as Biola (8-2-1, 2-2 GSAC) overwhelmed Westmont (6-4, 2-2 GSAC) by a score of 4-1.

“It was certainly a disappointing game for us,” said Westmont assistant coach Johnny Whallon. “We clearly did not secure the start that we wanted and quickly found ourselves in a hole that was hard to climb out of.”

Behind the production of Eagle forward Daniel Chew, Biola rapidly mounted a 3-0 lead. Just 19 minutes in, Chew had assembled a hat-trick before the Warriors chronicled a shot attempt.

Men’s Tennis Battles in ITA Nationals

October 11th, 2013

Westmont’s Rodrigo Schaefer will play for fifth place tomorrow morning at the ITA Small College Championships in Fort Meyers, Florida. The senior will take on Fernando Bogajo of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in a match scheduled for 8:00 a.m. EDT.

Schaefer opened singles play yesterday with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Aaron Hendrick of Aquinas (Mich.) in a quarterfinal match. In the consolation semifinals today, Schaefer notched a 6-4. 3-6, 6-2 win over Birkir Gunnarson of Graceland (Iowa).

In the doubles bracket, Schaefer and Joshua Barnard fell in yesterday’s quarterfinals 6-4, 6-4 to Nicholas Pinones-Haltenhoff and Miguel Grifol of Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.). The Westmont duo rebounded in yesterday’s consolation semifinals with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Navarro Veys and Landon Williams of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).


Warriors Win Wet One

October 9th, 2013

On a cold, wet and windy afternoon in Fullerton, #3 Westmont Women’s Soccer heated up the field with a 4-0 blanking of Golden State Athletic Conference opponent Hope International (2-6-3, 0-2-1 GSAC). The Warriors improved to 9-0-1 overall – a record they have not held since 1998 – and 3-0 in GSAC play.

“Hope International is a very difficult place to play,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “We told the team beforehand, ‘You are not going to have control over a lot today. The surface isn’t great and the weather could get worse. You have to go out there and take it from the beginning.’ And they did.

“After talking with (Westmont men’s soccer head coach) Dave Wolf, who played here yesterday, we had a game plan of trying to get the ball wide and then get it in (toward the front of the goal) to avoid dealing with the very difficult surface to play on. That is how the first two goals were scored.”

It didn’t take the Warriors long. In just the third minute, Mallory Mitchell received a cross from Christine Adams on the left side and headed it into the goal past the keeper.

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Goranson and Bertram Claim Play-in Win

October 9th, 2013

The Westmont doubles team of Tim Goranson and John Bertram defeated Alex Haizel and Boris Peshev of St. Francis (Ill.) by scores of 6-3, 6-3 to earn a place in the doubles quarterfinals at the ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Meyers, Florida.

“The guys from St. Francis were probably a level below our guys,” assessed Westmont head coach Mark Basham. “It was good for Tim and John to get their teeth into a match after losing to Biola in the first round of the regionals. The guys they played really couldn’t hurt them in any significant way. They were scrappy and consistent, but not with the kind of power and athleticism that Tim and John have. It was a matter of Tim and John keeping their focus and playing their game.

“In the first set, Westmont broke serve the second time St. Francis served, so Tim and John went up 3-1,” reported Basham. “In the second set, Westmont didn’t break until 3-4; then Tim served it out at 5-3.”