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Warriors Finish Regular Season with Win

October 29th, 2014
Jonathan Yeeles

Westmont Men’s Soccer (8-5-2, 5-3-2 GSAC) ended the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season with a 3-1 win at William Jessup (5-9-1, 1-7-1). The Warriors scored all three of their goals in the first half.

“I think the first half was outstanding,” offered Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “To come here and be up 3-0 at halftime – it looked a little bit like we got a little bit of our swagger back. This has not been an easy place for GSAC teams to come. So, I felt very positive at halftime.”

Westmont got on the scoreboard in the 19th minute when Tanner Wolf fired a shot after receiving a pass from Cody Howen.

“I got the ball from out wide and I turned,” described Howen. “Coach has been encouraging us to be calmer around the 18 with a demand to score goals but to try to stay composed and be patient. I love finding Tanner because I know that it is going to be good. I was on the left corner of the 18. He shot it from a couple of yards outside the 18.”

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A Fight for Five

October 28th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont women’s volleyball team put on what could be considered their best team performances tonight, despite the five game loss to Cal State University San Marcos (19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15).

“I told the girls before the match that they better buckle down and be ready for battle because we are a very good team, but San Marcos is also a very good team. They did not disappoint,” exclaimed head coach Patti Cook.

Despite the loss, tonight’s match was the kind that most teams hope for in the middle of the season—one where everything seemed to click. It was not a match marked by individual performances, but a total and complete team effort.

“Our setters did a really nice job of setting consistent, hittable balls the entire match. Heidi’s defense was incredible and she came up with some big plays,” reflected Cook. Thompson and Nestlerode combined for 54 assists on the night. Just when it looked like a dug ball was too far out of reach, one of them would come sprinting through and get a great, playable set up to their pins. Hustle was the name of their game tonight.

It was because of the setter’s hustle plays and smart decisions that the offense was able to function at a high level. As a setter, you want to give the ball to the “hot hands” on the court. Tonight, outside hitters Taylor Beckman and Madison Serrano were on fire.


Lillywhite Sets Record as Warriors Claim Championship

October 28th, 2014
Brooke Lillywhite scores one of her record setting five goals.

It ended with a 6-0 win by #6 Westmont Women’s Soccer (13-3, 6-2 GSAC) over William Jessup (6-11, 1-8). It ended with a recorded setting performance as Brooke Lillywhite tallied five of the Warriors six goals on seven shots. It ended with at least a share of the GSAC Regular Season Championship.

It started before the team took the field. It started in a team room down from the athletic offices of Westmont’s host. It started with singing that drew the William Jessup coaches and administrators out of their offices.

“I don’t know if they can play soccer, but they can sure sing,” quipped one.

“We sing Psalm 23 before almost every away game,” said Westmont senior forward Kaci Mexico. “Soccer can be pretty mental and you get fear that creeps in wondering if you will play well today. You sing that song with words like, “whom should I fear” and it is a cool moment of getting re-centered and remembering why we are here.”

“It brought us back to reality and centers the soul of our team – calm and composed,” said senior Mallory Mitchell of singing the song.

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Dimaculangan Honored as Player of the Week

October 28th, 2014
Tiffany Dimaculangan

The Golden State Athletic Conference has announced that Westmont (12-3, 7-2 GSAC) senior Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora has been named Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. The announcement comes after a week in which Westmont took over sole possession of first place – the result of wins over #10 Vanguard (13-2-1, 6-2) and #18 Biola (12-4, 6-3).

“I thought Tiffany Dimaculangan was the player of the game and I thought Sophie Fuller was right there beside her,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely after the 1-0 win over Vanguard. “They made a huge difference for us in a very tight game.”

Against Biola, Dimaculangan delivered a penalty kick goal in the first minute of play after Christine Adams was fouled in the box by the Biola goalkeeper.

On the year, Dimaculangan has scored five goals and recorded three assists.

Cross Country Shines at Biola Jamboree

October 26th, 2014
Biola NAIA Far West Jamboree

Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country performed well at the Biola NAIA West Coach Jamboree held at Irvine Park on Saturday. The seventh ranked women’s team took third place out of 14 teams despite the absence of top runner Kelly Collins who was held out due to a sore hamstring.

“The women did not blink at the challenge,” said Smelley. “Corinne Cherne, Jessica Meyers, Emily Williams and Heidi Nicholls came in 35 seconds apart to hold off their conference rivals Biola and The Master’s.”

Biola is ranked nationally at #13 while The Master’s is ranked at #10. The women’s team finished behind #5 Cal State San Marcos that finished first and #9 Carroll (Mont.) that took second.

“The Warriors will have to wait for NAIA Nationals to have their next opportunity to face off with Carroll at full strength,” said Smelley.


Sweet Moments on Senior Day

October 25th, 2014
Sofia Smati

Before the final home game of the regular season, #11 Westmont Women’s Soccer (12-3, 7-2 GSAC) honored its eight seniors – Carly Holly, Mallory Mitchell, Courtney Stonesifer, Christine Adams, Sophie Judd, Kaci Mexico, Tiffany Dimaculangan and Sofia Smati. Then the Warriors went out and claimed a 3-1 Golden State Athletic Conference win over #18 Biola (12-4, 6-3). The victory was sweetened by several special moments.

Just 55 seconds into the game, Adams was attempting a header near the goal when she was mowed over by Biola goalkeeper Briana Williams. Both players fell to the ground but Williams was unable to get up for several minutes.

When she did return to play, Williams found herself immediately facing Dimaculangan for a penalty kick. The diminutive Dimaculangan went high with the kick, lifting the ball over William’s outstretched arms to give the Warriors a delicious and early 1-0 lead.

“It felt very good to get the early goal,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “We tend to be successful when we can get an early goal.”

The Warriors extended their advantage is the 22nd minute. Just 25 seconds after entering the game, Smati took a pass from Mexico and took a shot from 25 yards on the right side that landed sweetly in the left side of the goal.

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Biola Blanks Westmont

October 25th, 2014
Blake Joyner

Westmont Men’s Soccer (7-5-2, 4-3-2 GSAC) had hoped for a different result on Senior Day at Thorrington Field, but suffered a 2-0 Golden State Athletic Conference loss to Biola (7-5-3, 4-3-2). The Warriors outshot the Eagles 9-6 but placed only two of their shots on goal.

“You can only ask your defense to do so much,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “We have conceded 13 goals in 14 games. However, we don’t have enough quality in the final third of the field. Some of that you can attribute to injury impacts we have experienced, but some of it is just down to people making plays. Today, we didn’t have a shot on goal until the 56th minute. If that is where you are at in a really meaningful game, then that is a tough spot to be in.”

As a result of the loss, Westmont falls into a tie with Biola for fourth place in the GSAC standings. At stake is a home game in the first round of the upcoming GSAC Tournament. The third and fourth place teams are awarded home games and host the sixth and fifth place teams respectively. The top two seeds receive first round byes and host the winners of the first round games in the semifinals.

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A Sweep in San Diego

October 25th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(EL CAJON, Calif.) The Westmont women’s volleyball team added another victory to their now four-match winning streak this afternoon against San Diego Christian College (25-23, 25-21, 25-15).

It was a game held down by defense but propelled by offense. With the team tallying 11 blocks, 38 digs and 41 kills, it was a very well rounded match by everyone on the court.

Offensively, senior Madison Serrano led the charge with eight kills and zero errors on just 15 attempts, earning an impressive .533 hitting percentage. “Madison had another outstanding game to round out a successful road trip for her. Having no errors for the entire match is very impressive,” marveled head coach Patti Cook. In the last two matches, Serrano has earned a grand total of 25 kills to help lead the team to victory.


Jessica McCann’s effort on the pin is not to be overlooked in today’s match. With seven kills, she was a force to be reckoned with. “Jessica was hammering balls and their defense had no answer to her nice high swings,” explained Cook.