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Late Goal Gives Warriors the Win

September 16th, 2014
Tanner Wolf

Westmont Men’s Soccer (3-2) earned its first win at home this season, posting a 3-2 win over Marymount California (2-3-2) on Tuesday afternoon at Thorrington Field.

The Warriors fell behind in the 13th minute when the Mariners’ Jonas Springer received a pass from Kevin Faye on the right side and drilled it into the Warriors’ net.

“I was proud of the way the guys were able to get on steady ground after the first 15 minutes,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “I thought we weren’t very alert out of the gate and they were on us. Even after they scored, we were able to keep fairly level and slowly work our way back into the game until we scored. After we scored, I thought we were pretty good.”

That first Westmont score came in the 37th minute after Tanner Wolf forwarded a pass to Matt Lariviere on the right side. Lariviere beat a defender on the dribble and then outmaneuvered the Marymount goalkeeper before firing into an empty net from 25 yards out.

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Smelley to be honored as the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character

September 15th, 2014
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley has been honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with its 2014 Coach of Character Award. Smelley is in his 36th year as head coach for Westmont’s track and field and cross country teams.

“What I personally appreciate about Coach Smelley is his consistent pursuit of excellence without compromising the character values he makes the priority of his coaching philosophy,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “He is a fantastic example of how to be competitive and achieve success in athletics while remaining unwavering in a commitment to teach character and being a role model for both student athletes and coaches alike.

“In my 30 year history with the NAIA, I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for this honor,” continued Odell. “Coach Smelley is deeply imbedded in the fabric of all that is great about the NAIA. He was a champion of character before the term became a part of our culture.”

Asked what the award means to him, Smelley replied, “I hope that it reflects a growing faith and living out a faith in Jesus Christ.

[NAIA National Award Day video]

Warriors Fall in Overtime

September 13th, 2014
Muhammad Mehai

Despite outshooting Kansas Wesleyan 15-9 and placing six shots on goal to the Coyotes’ (pronounced KY-yohts) four, Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-2) suffered a 1-0 loss in overtime today at Thorrington Field.

“I thought we looked very good in the first half,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “In the second half, we weren’t quite as sharp. When you don’t score a goal when you are playing well, it gets very difficult in this game.”

In the first half, Westmont held a 10-4 shot advantage, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The second half saw a more balanced stat sheet with Westmont posting four shots on goal to Kansa Wesleyan’s three.

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Warriors Swept in Three

September 13th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It was a quick show tonight in Murchison Gymnasium as #3 Concordia took down Westmont in a three game match (25-18, 25-20, 25-19).

Concordia came out swinging in game one, fighting hard and consistently putting the ball on the ground. With 15 kills and a hitting percentage of .314, they offense was a force to be reckoned with. Going against a strong offense put the Warrior’s off balance throughout the first game. They struggled with digging playable balls, so their offense had to resort to using off speed shots and tips to earn points. While this was effective for a while, the Warriors did not put enough power behind the ball to continually earn the points that they needed. The Eagles handily won game one 25-18.

“What it came down to was that their arms, their heavy hitters, their heavyweight champions beat out our heavy weight champions when it came to offense. Our passing was not as on point as we needed it to be in to be against their solid block. They played scrappy defense and are an all-around great team,” debriefed head coach Patti Cook after the match.


#1 Cavaliers Edge #2 Warriors

September 12th, 2014
Kaci Mexico

It was an epic battle women’s soccer between the two top-ranked teams in the NAIA at Thorrington Field on Friday afternoon in front of more than 500 excited fans. In the end, top-ranked Concordia of Oregon (6-0-1) defended its number one ranking with a 2-1 win over second-ranked Westmont (5-1) in the NAIA Game of the Week.

“These are the ones that don’t make you feel very good,” said Westmont head coach Kristy Kiely, “the ones where you feel like you executed the game plan well, but you still don’t walk away with a win.”

The Warriors outshot the Cavaliers 16-12 (7-5 on goal) and held a 13-2 corner kick advantage. However, Westmont was unable to capitalize on the abundance of its chances.

“It’s the best start the team had all season,” noted Kiely. “They kept the ball for a long time. But, you have to score goals in this game. We had 13 corners and nothing to show for it. We missed a couple of sitters. Those things came back to haunt us later in the game, along with a couple of mistakes in the back.”

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1989 Warriors to Reunite

September 9th, 2014
Captains Peter Bourland, Michael Avery and Rob Ring accept the 1989 NAIA District III Championship Trophy.

A celebration is in the making to commemorate the success 25 years ago of the 1989 Westmont men’s soccer team. The squad of 20 individuals and two coaches won the NAIA District III Playoffs and then advanced to the NAIA National Championship where they reached the semifinal round.

This coming Saturday, September 13, the 1989 Warrior team will gather on the Westmont campus to cheer on the 2014 team, share stories from the past and renew acquaintances. Team captains Mike Avery and Rob Ring and head coach Bob Fortosis will be among the 13-15 members of the team expected to attend.

The Warriors won 18 games that season while dropping only three and tying three. In the District III playoffs, The Warriors defeated Biola 5-0 in the first game and then claimed the championship with a 4-0 win over The Master’s.

Driven by Defense

September 8th, 2014
Kami Troesh

By Christy Cain

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) The lady Warriors lit up the gym tonight in Carlsbad, Calif. with an impressive defensive performance against Cal State University San Marcos. While it took the Westmont volleyball team a few plays to gain momentum, once they did, there was no stopping them in the 3-1 victory over the Cougars (25-18, 21-25, 25-14, 25-23).

The first set of the match was played point-for-point between the teams until the Warriors were able to go on a 10-1 scoring streak to put them at a 23-17 lead. After a timeout was called by San Marcos , the Warriors were able to close out the game 25-18.

“We started out pretty slow, but worked our way out and picked up some speed. Once we started being more aggressive on our attack, things started to go our way,” debriefed Head Coach Patti Cook.

While most of the Warriors matches this season have been centered on an effective offense, what enabled them to win this match was the complete team effort on defense. The rest of the match was driven by Westmont’s ability to control and maintain the ball.

The game of volleyball starts with a serve- it is what catches the other team’s offense off guard and allows your side of the net to get set on defense. It is safe to say that Westmont’s serving tonight was right on point.


Westmont-Claremont Rivalry Renewed

September 7th, 2014
Warriors enjoy a game of nationball classic against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Westmont Cross Country renewed a storied rivalry with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday at Chase Palm Park – and they ran a cross country race as well.

“(Claremont head coach) John Goldhammer and I started having our teams meet 20 years ago just for a dual meet to start the season,” explained Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “We made it low key and played games together. Then one day we looked at his literature and he was calling it the Nationball Classic. It became that the race was something to do for training and the Nationball game was the event. The pizza was the piece offering afterward.”

The nationball contest is played in three rounds. First the women verses women, then men verses men. Finally, everybody is all in. This year, Westmont won the women’s round before the Claremont men evened the score at one point each.