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Moore Wins Number 400 as Head Coach of Warriors

November 8th, 2013
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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) In their home opener at what was a boisterous Murchison Gymnasium, Westmont Men’s Basketball (1-1) downed NAIA opponent Southern Oregon (2-1) 80-64 to record their first win of the 2013-‘14 season.

The contest also proved to deliver a historical evening for Westmont head coach John Moore, who, with the win, secured his 400th victory in his 21st season at the helm of the Warriors. Moore now sits at 479 victories in totality and looks to further expand his success in his 26th season as a head coach.

“It just means that I’ve been here a long time,” joked Moore. “I’ve had a lot really good players, that’s what it actually means. This was a special game, especially it being on (assistant coach) Jeff Azain’s 50th birthday. The guys and I wanted to play this one for him. We all really love him,” continued Moore.

Offensive Efficiency Propels Warriors to GSAC Semifinals

November 6th, 2013
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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Four Warriors – four shots on goal – four goals – one more guaranteed game. The resounding melody of the day for Westmont Men’s Soccer (11-6) was undoubtedly offensive efficiency, eventually culminating in new life.

For the third time this season (and for the second game in a row) Westmont defeated the Vanguard Lions (8-8-1), this time by a score of 4-2. Once again, the offense was diverse, with scores provided by senior forward Rick McCarthy, junior midfielder Cody Howen, senior defender Marcos Lopez, and senior midfielder Sean Siemens.

The Warriors’ first postseason victory since 2009 was widely attributed to the team’s multiplicity on offense. “That’s been us this year. We spread the ball around,” declared Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. We didn’t pass the ball tremendously well today, but once again, we had players deliver individual moments.

“There were a lot of similarities to our (previous) game on Saturday,” continued Wolf. “We went down at about the same time. But this time, we had a pretty quick bounce back, with three goals in the first half after their initial goal. Overall, I was very pleased with our resiliency.”

Warriors Take Down Mustangs

November 5th, 2013

For the second time this season, Westmont Volleyball (20-6, 6-5 GSAC) has avenged an earlier loss with a three-game sweep. The Mustangs of The Master’s (17-7, 6-5 GSAC) were the Warriors latest victim, as #14 Westmont posted a 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the eleventh ranked Mustangs.

Senior middle blocker Ciara Turner pounded out 14 kills on 21 attempts to lead the Warriors’ offense. Turner committed just one attack error, resulting in an attack percentage of .619. Freshman outside hitter Jessica McCann added 10 kills to the Warriors’ cause while hitting .333.

With Westmont down 17-15 in the first set, Turner delivered a kill that sparked a 7-1 Warrior run. The run included three kills and two block assists from Turner and put the Warriors in control of the set.

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Smith Honored as GSAC Co-Player of the Year

November 4th, 2013

The Golden State Athletic Conference has announced that Westmont goalkeeper Lindsey Smith has been named the Women’s Soccer Co-Player of the Year. Smith shares the honor with Vanguard forward Jordan Davidson.

Smith, a senior who hails from Pleasanton, is joined on the 2013 All-GSAC Women’s Soccer Team Presented by Under Armor by four other Warriors – senior defender Amanda Diesen of Irvine, junior midfielder Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora, senior midfielder Alison Hensley of Huntington Beach and sophomore forward Kelsey Steck of Valencia.

“This recognition has been three years in the making,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely of Smith’s award. “I thought she was, if not the best, one of the best keepers in the conference her sophomore year. Last year, she was good, but was hampered by her injury. This year, it was the culmination of everything – her hard work and being injury free.”

Dimaculangan Tagged for Player of the Week Honors

November 4th, 2013

Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The junior midfielder scored the lone goal in #3 Westmont’s victory over #10 Vanguard that secured a bye in the first round of the GSAC Tournament.

Dimaculangan’s goal came the 47th minute. She fired off a shot from 20 yards out that bounced off the Vanguard goalkeeper toward teammate Jenny Martinez who was near the left post. Martinez passed the ball back to Dimaculangan who fired off another shot, this time hitting a defender and returning to her. Undeterred, Dimaculangan shot again, this time finding the back of the net for the game winning goal.

Earlier in the week, Dimaculangan assisted Kaci Mexico on a goal in Westmont’s 6-0 win over Hope International. Dimaculangan has now scored four goals on the season, third most in the Westmont lineup that has seen 16 different Warriors score.

Women’s Soccer Earns Bye with Shutout

November 2nd, 2013

Westmont Women’s Soccer (14-0-3, 8-0-2 GSAC) secured the number two seed in next week’s Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament when they defeated #10 Vanguard (14-3, 7-3) by a score of 1-0 on Saturday at Thorrington Field.

Tiffany Dimaculangan scored the sole goal in the contest in the 47th minute. The junior forward fired off a shot from 20 yards out that bounced off the goalkeeper toward Jenny Martinez who was near the left post. Martinez passed the ball back to Dimaculangan who fired off another shot, this time hitting a defender and returning to her. Undeterred, Dimaculangan shot again, this time finding the back of the net for the game winning goal.

“I thought the team played outstanding,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “It took us a few minutes to get into it, but for the majority of the game they were playing quite well. You want to honor your seniors on Senior Day and I thought the way we played did just that.

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Warrior Men Win Number 10

November 2nd, 2013
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By Jordan Wyatt
November 2, 2013

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Three second half goals by junior Jonathan Yeeles and senior captains Rick McCarthy and Sean Siemens respectively propelled Westmont Men’s Soccer (10-6, 6-4 GSAC) into the double-digit victory club as the Warriors defeated Vanguard (8-7-1, 4-5-1) 3-1 on Senior Day in their final Golden State Athletic Conference match of the regular season.

Although Westmont outshot the Lions six to five in the first half, it was the Warriors who found themselves in an early hole 15 minutes into the game. Nevertheless, Westmont persevered through their static first half, ultimately rewriting their postseason passage in the final 23 minutes of the match.

In the 68th minute, Yeeles struck first for the Warriors. Off of a rebound 10 yards out, he corralled the ball and directed a quick volley toward goal that went screaming past the Lions’ goalkeeper.

“The key moment in the game was obviously the first goal that John Yeeles scored,” exclaimed Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “It was a very good ball strike and a difficult finish. He beat a very good goalkeeper, one that I actually recruited to come to Westmont. That moment really raised the belief level of the team and got us back on track.”

Yeeles’ goal certainly forged a paradigm shift in momentum, as two additional goals were scored in the ensuing 15 minutes to salt the game away.

McCarthy converted next, this time with Yeeles and junior Cody Howen as his assistants. From the left flank, Howen fit a pass through a tight window of defenders that eventually settled at the feet of Yeeles. Yeeles then made a swift turn and played the ball back to McCarthy, who fired a shot into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal.

Finally, in the 83rd minute, it was Siemens who slammed the door on the Lions. Fellow senior Nana Akyen played a crafty ball forward to Siemens. Siemens, from the left side of the penalty area, psyched out the goalkeeper and bent a right-footed shot into the lower left corner of the goal.

“For those two men to score and for our seniors in general to experience what they experienced today, it just made for a truly cool day,” stated a compassionate Wolf. “When he (Siemens) scored the third, and the team got to go celebrate with the fans, I thought to myself ‘all the trials and tribulations that they’ve gone through have been wiped away.’ As their coach, I was really glad to see that.”

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Singer made his third start on the season between the posts for the Warriors. He continued his winning ways, as the Warriors have won each game he has started during the 2013 campaign.

“Our seniors have been through a lot. They’ve had a lot of ups and down in their careers – prior to this year more downs than ups – and to get to 10 wins and double the amount of wins that they had last year, we just had all kinds of things to enjoy today.”

Saturday’s victory cemented the Warriors into the fourth spot for the upcoming GSAC postseason tournament and presented Westmont with the luxury of beginning the tournament with a match at home on Thorrington Field.

Westmont will once again face off against the Lions of Vanguard on Wednesday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m., a team that the Warriors have defeated twice this season by an aggregate score of 5-1.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve won 10 games, and played a home playoff game (both in 2008), so I think there were some real breakthrough components to the regular season for this group,” remarked Wolf.

“My hope is that we can keep it going.”

By Jordan Wyatt
November 2, 2013

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Three second half goals by junior Jonathan Yeeles and senior captains Rick McCarthy and Sean Siemens respectively propelled Westmont Men’s Soccer (10-6, 6-4 GSAC) into the double-digit victory club as the Warriors defeated Vanguard (8-7-1, 4-5-1) 3-1 on Senior Day in their final Golden State Athletic Conference match of the regular season.

Although Westmont outshot the Lions six to five in the first half, it was the Warriors who found themselves in an early hole 15 minutes into the game. Nevertheless, Westmont persevered through their static first half, ultimately rewriting their postseason passage in the final 23 minutes of the match.

In the 68th minute, Yeeles struck first for the Warriors. Off of a rebound 10 yards out, he corralled the ball and directed a quick volley toward goal that went screaming past the Lions’ goalkeeper.

“The key moment in the game was obviously the first goal that John Yeeles scored,” exclaimed Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “It was a very good ball strike and a difficult finish. He beat a very good goalkeeper, one that I actually recruited to come to Westmont. That moment really raised the belief level of the team and got us back on track.”

Yeeles’ goal certainly forged a paradigm shift in momentum, as two additional goals were scored in the ensuing 15 minutes to salt the game away.

McCarthy converted next, this time with Yeeles and junior Cody Howen as his assistants. From the left flank, Howen fit a pass through a tight window of defenders that eventually settled at the feet of Yeeles. Yeeles then made a swift turn and played the ball back to McCarthy, who fired a shot into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal.

Finally, in the 83rd minute, it was Siemens who slammed the door on the Lions. Fellow senior Nana Akyen played a crafty ball forward to Siemens. Siemens, from the left side of the penalty area, psyched out the goalkeeper and bent a right-footed shot into the lower left corner of the goal.

“For those two men to score and for our seniors in general to experience what they experienced today, it just made for a truly cool day,” stated a compassionate Wolf. “When he (Siemens) scored the third, and the team got to go celebrate with the fans, I thought to myself ‘all the trials and tribulations that they’ve gone through have been wiped away.’ As their coach, I was really glad to see that.”

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Singer made his third start on the season between the posts for the Warriors. He continued his winning ways, as the Warriors have won each game he has started during the 2013 campaign.

“Our seniors have been through a lot. They’ve had a lot of ups and down in their careers – prior to this year more downs than ups – and to get to 10 wins and double the amount of wins that they had last year, we just had all kinds of things to enjoy today.”

Saturday’s victory cemented the Warriors into the fourth spot for the upcoming GSAC postseason tournament and presented Westmont with the luxury of beginning the tournament with a match at home on Thorrington Field.

Westmont will once again face off against the Lions of Vanguard on Wednesday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m., a team that the Warriors have defeated twice this season by an aggregate score of 5-1.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve won 10 games, and played a home playoff game (both in 2008), so I think there were some real breakthrough components to the regular season for this group,” remarked Wolf.

“My hope is that we can keep it going.”

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Three second half goals by junior Jonathan Yeeles and senior captains Rick McCarthy and Sean Siemens respectively propelled Westmont Men’s Soccer (10-6, 6-4 GSAC) into the double-digit victory club as the Warriors defeated Vanguard (8-7-1, 4-5-1) 3-1 on Senior Day in their final Golden State Athletic Conference match of the regular season.

Although Westmont outshot the Lions six to five in the first half, it was the Warriors who found themselves in an early hole 15 minutes into the game. Nevertheless, Westmont persevered through their static first half, ultimately rewriting their postseason passage in the final 23 minutes of the match.

In the 68th minute, Yeeles struck first for the Warriors. Off of a rebound 10 yards out, he corralled the ball and directed a quick volley toward goal that went screaming past the Lions’ goalkeeper.

“The key moment in the game was obviously the first goal that John Yeeles scored,” exclaimed Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “It was a very good ball strike and a difficult finish. He beat a very good goalkeeper, one that I actually recruited to come to Westmont. That moment really raised the belief level of the team and got us back on track.”

La Sierra Streaks Past Westmont in Season Opener

November 2nd, 2013
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(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) Senior forward Jason Ritchey turned in a career game (29 points, 12 rebounds) Saturday night as Westmont Men’s Basketball (0-1) fell short in their 2013-14 season opener, losing 104-95 to La Sierra (1-0) in what was a fast-moving, overtime thriller in Riverside.

“Jason Ritchey had the highlight of his Westmont tenure so far,” offered Westmont head coach John Moore. “He had 19 points at the half (29 total), 12 rebounds, and played with great energy. He scored nine of our first 13 points and exploded out of the gate like a cannon.”

Ritchey’s hot start, along with early points from senior forward C.J. Miller, who had the only other double-double for the Warriors, (12 points, 10 rebounds), sophomore guard Billy Keller (19 points, four assists), junior center Daniel Carlin (four points, six rebounds), and senior guard Mantas Drungys (seven points, 11 rebounds), propelled Westmont to a 12 point lead just six minutes in.

However, the Golden Eagles, led by senior guard Daveon Woods (35 points, six rebounds) would go on a 16-4 run over the next four minutes to tie the game at 24, about halfway through the first half.

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