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Steck’s Hat Trick Does the Trick

September 24th, 2014
Kelsey Steck recorded her second career hat trick in Westmont

Kelsey Steck provided all three Warrior goals as #2 Westmont (7-1, 2-0 GSAC) defeated San Diego Christian (2-3-1, 0-1) in a Golden State Athletic Conference game at Cuyamaca Community College. This is the second time in her career that Steck has recorded a hat trick and it is the 15th hat trick in Warrior history. Steck’s other three-point game was against Arizona Christian on October 19, 2013.

“Kelsey got two pretty quickly and they were two very good goals,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “Destinee Adams came into the game and had a presence right away. Destinee elevated and had a flick on that went off the keeper. Kelsey was able to finish in the side netting calm, composed, but with authority.”

Steck’s second goal, which came less than four minutes later, was a header off a corner kick from Mallory Mitchell.

“The last few games we have been getting a lot of (balls crossed into) in the box and not getting on the end,” said Kiely. “We have been working on that a lot and it was great to see Kelsey receive the fruit from her labor.”

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Lions Take Down the Warriors

September 23rd, 2014

(COSTA MESA, Calif.) This afternoon, the Warriors hit the road for their first away GSAC conference match up against #17 Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif. While they were coming off of back-to-back wins from the previous weekend, Westmont was not able to keep the winning streak going and dropped the match 3-1 to Vanguard (25-18, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19).

It was an evening marked by injuries, lineup changes and interesting offensive opportunities. “We knew that this was going to be a battle and with us having two middle blockers out with injuries, it was tough. Mila played through a hurt ankle even though she was not 100% because we had another shoulder injury in practice yesterday” explained head coach Patti Cook.

While the new lineup from the Warriors earned themselves 53 kills to nearly match the Lions’ 57, they unfortunately tallied 26 hitting errors—10 more than their opponent. In the game of volleyball, everything comes down to execution/ limiting your errors and that simply was coming easily for the Westmont women tonight.

From the very beginning of the match, Vanguard put up a well-balanced, evenly distributed offense that kept the Warriors of their toes. Sarah McKinny, Jessica Neves and Charolette Heerlyn each finished with double digits kills for the Lions. With everyone playing in new positions, it took a while for Westmont’s offense to find a groove.


Men’s Soccer Ends Drought

September 23rd, 2014
Jonathan Yeeles

The seniors were on a mission, and supplied the motivation in Westmont Men’s Soccer’s 2-0 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over the Hawks of San Diego Christian (1-6, 0-1 GSAC). At least one drought in California is over.

“Our seniors had never beaten San Diego Christian,” reported Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “They were determined not to have their careers end that way.”

Though Westmont (5-2, 2-0) held a 14-5 series advantage coming into the game, all five of the losses had come in the last three years – three of them in overtime games.

“I think it was a mature performance in a difficult setting to play in and against an opponent that has been very difficult for us to beat,” said Wolf. “The field wasn’t great at Cuyamaca Community College and it was very warm. It had all of the features of a long afternoon. But the guys gave what I would characterize as a very professional performance. We got a goal in each half and then we did a decent bit of defending, especially right at the beginning of the second half. San Diego Christian came out energized and they were fighting hard to get the game on level terms. We had to survive a little bit for the first 15 minutes of the second half. Then we got back ahold of things.”

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Warriors Sweep Player of the Week Honors

September 23rd, 2014
Josh Glover (left) and Wilton Quintero

Westmont’s Wilton Quintero of Temple City and Josh Glover of Norwich, England have been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Players of the Week. Quintero received the offensive award while Glover earned the defensive recognition.

The Warriors (4-2, 1-0 GSAC) posted two wins last week, defeating Marymount 3-2 on Tuesday and William Jessup 5-0 on Saturday.

Against Marymount, Quintero scored a goal in the 65th minute. Rodrigo Diaz-Valdes received a throw-in from the left sideline and passed the ball to Tanner Wolf. The junior midfielder in turn passed the ball to Quintero who fired a bullet from 28 yards away. The ball bounced underneath the Mariners’ keeper and into the net.

Two minutes into the game against William Jessup, Quintero scored the goal winner on a penalty kick. In the 75th minute, Quintero recorded an assist when he fed Diaz-Valdes the ball as the latter was charging toward the opponent’s net.

Warriors Gift Wrap Win for Coach

September 20th, 2014
Wilton Quintero

On the day when Westmont Men’s Soccer head coach Dave Wolf and his wife Jill celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary, his team (4-2, 1-0 GSAC) delivered a 5-0 Golden State Athletic Conference season-opening win over William Jessup (1-3, 0-1 GSAC).

“The start of the game was a huge help for us,” said Westmont assistant coach Johnny Whallon. “Austin Lack got around the corner and did a good job of staying up on the first point of contact. He then got by the goalie and was fouled.”

As a result, William Jessup goalkeeper Zach Kammerer was issued a yellow card and Westmont was awarded a penalty kick. Wilton Quintero took the honors for the penalty kick and delivered the ball into the net to make it a 1-0 game.

“There was a lull to our playing for quite a while after the first goal,” noted Whallon. “It was nice to have the second goal to give us a little bit of breathing room.”

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Women’s Soccer Begins GSAC with a Win

September 20th, 2014
Sophia Smati

Three second-half goals provided the margin of victory for #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (6-1, 1-0) as it opened Golden State Athletic Conference play with a 3-0 shutout of conference newcomer William Jessup.

Westmont, who shares the ‘Warriors’ nickname with today’s opponent, outshot Jessup 24-3, including a 9-2 shots-on-goal advantage. However, Westmont was unable to turn a plethora of opportunities into points in the first half.

“Obviously, we need to continue to work on our finishing,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “That was our Achilles’ heel last week and it could have been this week. We are getting lots of very good opportunities that we are not putting away.”

Westmont finally broke through in the 61st minute. Kaci Mexico retrieved a loose ball on the right side, passed it to Tiffany Dimaculangan who in turn sent the ball left to Sophia Smati. Left undefended, Smati squared up and fired off a shot from 25 yards out that snuck underneath the William Jessup keeper.

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Saturday Afternoon Shutout

September 20th, 2014

By Christy Cain

September 20, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) After less than 24 hours since their last match, the Westmont women’s volleyball team took the court again today at Murchison gymnasium. Despite the quick turnaround, the Warriors were able to come out in full force this afternoon to win a quick three game match against Arizona Christian (25- 13, 25-21, 25-16).

The Warriors came quickly out of the gate in the first set, gaining an immediate 3-0 lead and never allowing the Firestorm to close the gap. Westmont’s offense was on fire and they not only out killed the Firestorm, but doubled their kill count with Westmont tabbing 14 kills to Arizona Christians’ seven. Senior Heidi Thompson ran a very evenly distributed offense that resulted in every single Westmont attacker on the court tallying between two to four kills in the first game. Thompson was not only setting the ball out to all of her hitters, but was continually dumping the ball over the net, racking up four kills for herself this afternoon.

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Home Sweep Home

September 20th, 2014
Senior Madison Serrano will power the Warriors outside attack.

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont Women’s volleyball team notched their first home match sweep of the season tonight in Murchison gymnasium. After a long, hard week of practice, the women we able to come out and execute their plan well in a three game win over San Diego Christian (25-16, 25-18, 25-22).

”Leading up to this match, we had a rough week of practice. One, because school is getting harder and two, because of the heat. Our gym was 90+ degrees and we were both physically and mentally slow,” explained head coach Patti Cook. “After last week, we knew that we needed to focus on getting our mental state back to being healthy. Physically, we can take on any opponent. But mentally we need to be sharp. We worked hard, we grinded, we did sprints in the hot gym and just pushed through.”

Their hard work paid off.

With 37 kills on just 92 attempts the Warriors were able to come out swinging with a .293 hitting percentage while keeping the Hawks under .140 percent. It was obvious that Westmont was there to play and playing to win.

“We could have gone into this game two different ways. We could have been fearful and on our heels because San Diego Christian has had a few big wins. We also could have been overconfident and gone into the game too lax. Both ends of the spectrum would have been detrimental to our play. So we focused on being somewhere in the middle,” debriefed Cook. Thankfully the Warriors did just that.