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A Road Trip Victory

October 23rd, 2014

By Christy Cain

(PHOENIX, Ariz.) It was quick night in Phoenix as the Warriors had a much needed three game sweep against Arizona Christian University (25-22, 25-18, 25-18).

The last four matches that Westmont has played have all gone to five games. But tonight, there was a certain feeling of determination as the Warriors stepped onto the court. Enough with the long, exhausting five game sets. They had made the trek down to Arizona and tonight they were going to win in three. Their performance on the court reflected their determination. It was evident that the team was on a mission.

“It was a fun game to watch. I wasn’t sure how we would play after leaving Santa Barbara at five o’clock this morning and having an eight hour drive. But the girls came out fired up,” assessed head coach Patti Cook.

From the beginning of the match, Westmont’s setters were spreading out their offense to hitters who were consistently putting the ball on the ground. Setters Heidi Thompson and Alexa Nestlerode continue to split court time every match and tonight they happened to finish with the exact same stats. In an excellent tag-team performance, each one of them accounted for 21 assists and three digs.

After being held back from a recent injury for the last couple of games, senior Madison Serrano took the court by storm tonight in a truly “captain-like” way. The Arizona native tallied 17 kills, seven digs and two blocks to help lead her team to a victory in her home state.


Warriors Shutout Lions

October 23rd, 2014
Kelsey Steck

In the highly competitive Golden State Athletic Conference race, #11 Westmont Women’s Soccer (11-3. 6-2 GSAC) started the day in a tie for fourth place and ended the day in a three-way tie for first. The feat was accomplished in part due to Westmont’s 1-0 win over #10 Vanguard (13-2-1, 6-2) in Costa Mesa.

Senior Kelsey Steck scored the game’s only goal in the 13th minute.

“It was a great individual effort by Kelsey,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “She drove at a couple of defenders, beat them and got a very nice shot up. The keeper saved it but Kelsey was there for the follow-up and she put it nicely in the corner of the net.”

Both teams got off 12 shots during the contest. Half of the Warriors shots were on goal compared to just two for the Lions.

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Two Late Goals Result in Warrior Loss

October 21st, 2014
Rodrigo Diaz-Valdes

Westmont Men’s Soccer (7-4-2, 4-2-2) didn’t find what it was looking for in Costa Mesa on Tuesday as the Warriors dropped a Golden State Athletic Conference game against Vanguard (8-6-1, 4-3-1) by a score of 2-0. The Warriors had hoped to improve its claim on a first round bye in the upcoming GSAC Tournament, but instead were dealt a serious blow to those chances.

The Warriors had trouble generating offensive chances and eventually gave way in a game that started with more than 78 minutes of scoreless soccer. Westmont was outshot 14-8 and placed only four shots on goal compared to Vanguard’s seven.

Vanguard’s first goal came in the 79th minute when Jesus Fregoso shot from outside the box on the left side and put the ball in the upper right corner. With seconds remaining on the clock, Brian Pautausso added another goal from 21 yards out to seal the deal.

As a result, Westmont falls into fourth place in the GSAC standings with 14 points (three points for a win, one for a tie). Despite the loss, the Warriors remain ahead of fifth place Vanguard who has 13 points. Just ahead of Westmont in third place is The Master’s (8-6-1, 5-2-1) who was idle today but claims 16 points.

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Warriors Power Past Eagles in Second Half

October 19th, 2014
Jackie Lopez

A trio of second half goals gave #12 Westmont Women’s Soccer (10-3, 5-2 GSAC) a 4-1 Golden State Athletic Conference win over #5 Concordia (11-3-1, 5-1-1) on Saturday afternoon at Thorrington Field.

Senior forward Kaci Mexico scored early for the Warriors, putting the ball in the net in the second minute. Courtney Stonesifer passed the ball to Mexico who eluded a defender and then shot the ball from right of the goal. Mexico’s shot hit the crossbar, dropped down and spun into the goal.

Concordia’s Alexis Garcia-Irons scored an equalizer in the 12th minute. A ball passed from midfield was intercepted but bobbled by Westmont’s goalkeeper. Garcia-Irons, who was running onto the ball, took advantage and shot into an empty net.

Neither scored rest of the half, but by the time 13 minutes had expired off the second half clock, the Warriors were in possession of a 4-1 lead.

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Eagles and Warriors Tie

October 19th, 2014
Sebastian Kent

Westmont Men’s Soccer (7-3-2, 4-1-2 GSAC) settled for a 1-1 tie with Concordia (8-3-2, 4-1-2) in today’s Golden State Athletic Conference game at Thorrington Field. The Warriors scored in just the second minute and held on to a 1-0 lead until giving up the equalizer in the 75th minute of play.

“You saw a couple of good goalkeeper performances today,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “I think Josh Glover is having a great year. One of the issues that we have eliminated this year is that we have not given up any bad goals – at all. And, Josh has taken a couple of pretty sure goals away.

“On paper, this match-up was the team in the league that scores the most goals (Concordia) versus the team in the league that concedes the least (Westmont). Holding them to one goal is noteworthy and obviously, Josh played a big part.”

The Warriors’ early goal came after Austin Lack dribble down the field and fired a ball that ricocheted off Concordia goalkeeper Jordan Brinkley’s foot and up into the air. Matt Lariviere was on the right side of the net and headed the ball into the goal for the score.

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Westmont Wins in Five

October 17th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) After being down two sets to none against Embry-Riddle (Fla.), the Westmont women’s volleyball team was able to rally back and win the match in five sets (21-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20, 15-10) tonight as they participated in a mid-season volleyball tournament at The Masters College.

The match was evenly played the entire way through. If you look at the stats, Westmont tallied 165 attack attempts to Embry-Riddle’s 163, each team had five service errors and each team had 11 blocks. Statistically, they lined up well.

The key to this match came in the execution.

Westmont was getting more opportunities to put the ball away. With a 77 digs to Embry Riddles 59, the Warriors were able to get good balls up to their setters, who then could run an equal and balanced offense. The team found a rhythm early on and just kept chipping away until they solidified their win.

“We were down two sets and we knew that we had to kick it up a notch. Thankfully we did just that. Tonight was a great mental win for us,” exclaimed head coach Patti Cook.


The homefires are raging for Westmont

October 17th, 2014
Westmont soccer player Tanner Wolf, (left) stands next to his father Dave, the team's head coach, during a training session on Thursday. GERRY FALL / NEWS-PRESS.  Reprinted with permission from the Santa Barbara News-Press.


October 17, 2014

Reprinted with permission from the Santa Barbara News-Press.

Fire may destroy, but it also spawns new growth.

And at Westmont College in 2008, it planted a seed in the heart of Tanner Wolf.

The Tea Fire that raced through the hills of Montecito that November laid waste to most of the school’s faculty housing, including the home of men’s soccer coach Dave Wolf.

“My wife Jill and I weren’t real sure how each kid was being impacted by it,” said Wolf, a father of five. “But I think for Tanner, especially, the team actually became a bit of a safe haven for him.

“And concurrent with my family experience was this really unique thing that was happening with the team.”

Collins Named NAIA Runner of the Week

October 15th, 2014

Westmont’s Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill has been named the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after finishing first at the Vanguard Invitational on Saturday. The sophomore completed the 5,000 meter course in a time of 17:40 – more than seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

“Kelly has worked hard for the last year to become a college level runner and not be so anxious,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “As she has become less anxious she has run faster, gained more confidence and not put so much pressure on herself.”

The Warriors, ranked at number 17 at the time of the race, finished first of 18 teams at the event with 42 points. Then second-ranked Biola finished in second place with 63 points. Westmont’s first two runners – Collins and Corinne Cherne (fifth place, 18:07) – helped secure the Warrior victory by finishing ahead of Biola’s first two runners who came in sixth and eighth.

“We were more purposeful in planning individual and team goals,” said Smelley about the reasons for his team’s success. “I think the athletes took more ownership of it. When they got out there and felt that part where it is hard to keep going, they had a purpose different than just wanting to finish.