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Steck Strikes Twice

August 29th, 2015
Kelsey Steck scores twice against Marymount.

By Kaci Mexico

On a sweltering Thorrington Field, the Women Warriors added another milestone to their season with a 3-1 win over Marymount University.

The Warrior’s struck first and early when, in the 10th minute, Brooke Lilywhite drilled a free kick into the box that ricochet off of a Marymount player to find the back of the net.

“Well done for Brooke to step up and hit it,” said head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “Her confidence and ability to even want to take the shot is great for us to have.”

With a goal under their belt, the Warriors continued to pressure the Mariners back line.

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Warriors Open Season with Hard Earned Win

August 29th, 2015
Brandon Talsma

Blake Joyner, Andrew Lack and Brandon Talsma combined for a goal in the 83rd minute to break a stalemate and give Westmont a 1-0 win over the Lakers of Roosevelt (Ill.) on Saturday afternoon at Thorrington Field. The game was the season opener for both programs.

Roosevelt came into the game boasting a potent offense that tallied 75 goals last season. True to form, the Lakers found opportunities and fired off 19 shots over the course of 90 minutes, six of which were on frame. The Warriors kept pace with the Lakers, however, producing 18 shots of their own, and also tallied six on goal.

Westmont goalkeeper Josh Glover produced five saves with two spectacular denials coming in the opening minutes of the second. A shot by the Lakers’ Jose Garcia from the top of the box in the 50th minute was headed on a line to the top right corner. However, Glover jumped to the left and deflected it with his right hand.

In the 53rd minute, Garcia drilled a corner kick from the left side to 5 yards in front of the goal at the near post where Evan Trychta flicked his head, sending the ball on a trajectory to the far post. Glover responded with cat like instincts, got both hands on the ball and pushed it to his right. Muhammad Mehai collected the ball and sent it safely down the field.

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Add Two to the Win Column

August 28th, 2015

Westmont Volleyball found a return trip to La Mirada to its liking, despite the August heat in southern Los Angeles County. After going 2-2 last weekend at the Biola/Red Lion-Anaheim Summer Slam, the Warriors improved two 4-2 today with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-17) victory over the Stars of Oklahoma City (0-1) and a three game sweep of Life Pacific (0-3) by scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-12.

Junior Jessica McCann and senior Sydney Striff led the way for the Warriors against the Stars. McCann tallied 15 kills while committing just two errors on her way to a .464 attack percentage. Striff notched 12 kills and hit .258. As a team, the Warriors tallied nine assists in the four set match.

Tied at 16 in the first set, the Stars produced a 6-1 run to take a 22-17 advantage. The Stars closed out the first set with two kills by Jami-Ran Renwick (14 kills, .385 attack percentage) and one by Tori Leisure (15 kills, .353 attack percentage)

In the second set, Westmont jumped out to a 3-0 lead on kills by senior captain Marissa Fuerst (5 kills, .357 attack percentage) and Stiff and a set error by the Stars. The Warriors did not relinquish the advantage the rest of the way.

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Men’s Soccer Looking for Great Launch to Next Half-Century

August 27th, 2015
2015 Men's Soccer Team

Westmont Men’s Soccer turns 50 this year and looks to continue the Warriors’ winning tradition into a new half-century. Armed with an experienced roster mixed with some quality recruits, Westmont head coach Dave Wolf has designs on this year’s team reaching the next level.

“We are certainly on an upward trajectory and have been for a while,” said Wolf. “It is a good place to be, a positive place to be and an optimistic place to be. I also feel like we are at a critical juncture. For us to take that next step and continue an upward trajectory, we have to go and do something this year.”

Westmont Men’s Soccer is no stranger to success. In its first 50 years, the Warriors played 998 games and posted a .660 winning percentage (609-290-99). The Westmont program claims one NAIA National Championship (1972) and 17 national championship appearances.

“When you look at the landscape of college soccer, any program that is averaging double-digit victories each season on an annual basis is doing something very difficult to do,” asserted Wolf. “Just the pure mathematics of it is very impressive.”

Lopez Scores Twice but Warriors Fall

August 24th, 2015
Jackie Lopez scored two goals vs Northwestern Ohio.

By Kaci Mexico

In the battle between two top ten ranked teams, the number #2 Northwestern Ohio Racers defeated the #7 Westmont Warriors 3-2 in a seesaw battle.

The first goal came in the 22st minute and began with Steck receiving and holding the ball near the top of the 18 yard line. Steck played a square ball through to Lilywhite who slipped Jackie Lopez in stride down the right sideline. Lopez took a one time shot from a sharp angle 10 yards out which hit the inside of the far goal post and shot back into the goal putting the Warriors up 1-0.

The Racers answered back in the 39th minute with a goal off of a free kick on the 18 yard line by Laura Blanchard.

Just before the second half the Racers pulled ahead in the 45th minute when Vanessa Barcelleiro slipped a ball in behind the Warrior defense to Blanchard who shot low and into the corner for her second goal of the game.

Coaches’ Sons Provide Special Moment in Bryant Cup

August 22nd, 2015
Wilton Quintero

Westmont Men’s Soccer and UC Santa Barbara renewed their rivalry on Saturday night in the 53rd edition of the Bryant Cup. The Gauchos won the exhibition game by a score of 4-1, improving their series advantage to 26-23-4.

“I am grateful that UCSB has been willing to continue to play this game,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf after the game. “I think this is a spectacular soccer community and has been for many years. UCSB has elevated it considerably in the last 15 years. I’m glad that we are still able to be a part of it. It’s an honor to play on this field and in front of fans of Santa Barbara. We believe, as they do, that it’s the best college soccer town in America.”

As for the game itself, the word that first came to mind for Wolf was, “disappointed.”

The Gauchos took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute on a penalty kick by Drew Murphy. The penalty kick was the result of Westmont tackling a UCSB player in the box, an action which Wolf described as “a poor decision”.

UC Santa Barbara scored twice more in the first half, once by Nick DePuy in the 28th minute and once by Kevin Feucht in the 44th minute.

Late Goals Give Warriors Win in Opener

August 22nd, 2015
Renee Gonsalvez

After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, two late goals by sophomores gave #7 Westmont (1-0) an overtime win in its season opener at Thorrington Field on Saturday. The Warriors defeated Viterbo of Wisconsin (0-2) by a score of 2-1.

“I’m proud of the team for winning the second half and coming from behind,” said head coach Chantel Cappuccilli, who earned her first victory as a collegiate head coach. “It was a bit slow in the first half. We needed to a better job of switching the point of attack faster and catching them in transition. But, we showed resilience in the second half. I was proud of the players for working themselves out of that situation.”

Viterbo went up 1-0 on a goal be Cait Michichich. The senior midfielder from Westmont, Illinois, received a pass just beyond midfield and beat her defender on the dribble to the goal. Her shot found the back of the net and put the V-Hawks in the driver’s seat.

The Warriors controlled possession most of the game – outshooting the V-Hawks 25 to 10 and placing 10 shots on goal compared to just two by Viterbo. However, the most important stat remained 1-0 until late into the second half. With the clock running down and the crowd growing restless, the Warriors on the field stepped up their intensity.

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Volleyball Opens Season

August 21st, 2015
Sydney Striff

Westmont Volleyball started the season at the prestigious Biola/Red Lion-Anaheim Summer Slam that features 14 teams from the NAIA, including six teams ranked in the NAIA Preseason Top-25 Coaches’ Poll.

The Warriors seemed determined to garner plenty of court time in the early season tournament. Westmont went five sets in each of three matches against ranked opponents before sweeping unranked Bellevue (Neb.) in straight sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-14). The Warriors were 2-2 over the two-day event.

“I am really please with a 2-2 start to our season, especially with the caliber of teams that were down here,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “What I am especially pleased with is that we got better and learned something with every match.”

Thursday afternoon, Westmont began the tournament with a 3-2 (25-22, 27-25, 26-28, 23-25, 15-11) loss to #22 Hastings (Neb.). Late Thursday night, the Warriors rebounded with a 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-11) victory over #14 College of Idaho.

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