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Warriors Oust Royals in NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week

September 27th, 2015
Haley Parzonko in route to the goal. (Photo by Nathan Ngo)

By Kaci Mexico

September 26, 2015

In the NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week and the Warriors’ second Golden State Athletic Conference match of the year, #9 Westmont (6-2, 2-0) conquered the previously undefeated Hope International Royals (5-1-2, 2-1) by a score of 3-0.

Head Coach Chantel Cappuccilli shared her initial thoughts about the game and said, “In all, we are doing well to create offensive opportunities and I was happy with our finishes today. We have been working on bridging the gap between chances created and chances scored and we are getting there.”

The Warriors capitalized on three of the 27 shots they had on goal today.

Hawks down Warriors in GSAC Opener

September 23rd, 2015
Blake Joyner

The Golden State Athletic Conference opener didn’t go as Westmont Men’s Soccer (3-3-1, 0-1 GSAC) would have hoped. After giving up two halftime goals, the Warriors evened the score in the second half with goals by Blake Joyner and Wilton Quintero. However, in just the second minute of overtime, San Diego Christian’s (6-3, 1-0) Francisco Ramirez scored a golden goal to give the Hawks the win.

In the 35th minute of play, Borja Suarez scored on a breakaway to put the Hawks up 1-0. Less than two minutes later, a cross from Joseph Fortini to Sebastian Carrion resulted in the ball finding the back of the net again and a 2-0 hole for the Warriors.

Westmont’s first goal came in the 57th minute after Asher Booth sent to the mouth of the goal that ended up at the feet of Quintero. Quintero passed the ball to the top of the box and Blake Joyner deposited it in the right corner. In the 81st minute, the Warriors were awarded a penalty kick. Quintero converted the attempt to tie the score.

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An Offensive Flurry

September 23rd, 2015
Brooke Lillywhite scored the first goal of the game.

By Kaci Mexico

September 22, 2015

After a disappointing loss in a well fought game against Azusa Pacific University, the unsatisfied Warriors were determined to not only play well, but to also get a win in their next game against San Diego Christian.

With this fire in their bellies, the #7 Warriors (5-2-0) prevailed and kicked off their Golden State Athletic Conference journey with a 3-1 victory over San Diego Christian (5-2-1).

The first goal of the game came in the 23rd minute when Senior, Angela Brown crossed the ball to Junior, Brooke Lillywhite. Lillywhite settled the ball with one touch, and in the next moment confidently drove a shot over the keeper’s head and into the goal to make the score 1-0.

The Warrior’s second goal came later on in the half, in the 49th minute when Senior, Kelsey Steck played a perfectly placed and weighted through ball to Sophomore, Jackie Lopez. Lopez, the Warrior’s number one goal scorer, slotted the ball into the lower right corner of the goal making the score 2-0 and giving her a total of five goals on the season.

Eagles Edge Warriors in Top-20 Showdown

September 22nd, 2015
Alexa Nestlerode

Something had to give when #16 Westmont Volleyball (9-3, 4-1 GSAC) travelled to #1 Biola (13-0, 5-0) for a Golden State Athletic Conference showdown. The Warriors had won nine in a row prior to tonight while Biola came into the match with a 12-match winning streak. Both teams had won their previous 27 sets. Westmont had not dropped a set since August 28 and Biola since August 21.

The match lived up to the hype of two top-20 teams seeking to keep their respective streaks alive. Biola took the first set 25-19 but Westmont responded to claim the second set 25-20. Biola came from behind to take the third set 25-22 before Westmont forced a fifth and deciding set with a 25-23 win. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the number one team in the NAIA found a way to remain undefeated, winning the final set 15-9.

All three of Westmont’s losses this season have come in five sets to ranked teams (#21 Hastings, #6 Rocky Mountain and #1 Biola).

Westmont’s offense was led by outside hitters Taylor Beckman and Jessica McCann as well as middle blocker Libby Dahlberg. Beckman tallied 16 kills and posted a .351 attack percentage. McCann put down 15 kills with a .225 attack percentage while Dahlberg added 13 kills and a .280 attack percentage. Beckman also added 15 digs.

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Warriors Fall to Cougars in an Overtime Battle

September 22nd, 2015
Grace Lemley

By Kaci Mexico
September 19, 2015

“I don’t have a lot of words because I am very proud of how they played,” said Head Coach Chantel Cappuccilli about the Warrior’s performance in this last Saturday’s away game against Division II Azusa Pacific University. “They played with a crazy amount of heart tonight. It was a rivalry type of environment; it was a fight.” According to the score, the Warriors lost the battle 2-1 in over-time. However, according to Cappuccilli the Warriors had an overall better performance than the Cougars.

After a scoreless and largely defensive first half, Freshman Hailey Parker put the Warriors on the board with her second goal of the season in the 57th minute of the game.

The goal was an impressive passing combination between Brooke Lillywhite, Kelsey Steck, and Parker. Lillywhite crossed the ball to Steck near the upper right side of the goal; Steck quickly laid it off to Parker inside the box, who with composure slotted the ball with her right foot into the bottom corner of the goal. With this goal, the Warriors became the first team to score on the Cougars this season.

While Cappuccilli was proud of the Warrior’s offensive efforts, she points to the team’s defensive work as the heart of their performance.

Block Party in El Cajon

September 18th, 2015
Jessica McCann and Libby Dahlberg (photo by Nate Kurtzman)

In a match that featured a combined 18 team blocks, #18 Westmont (10-2, 3-0 GSAC) swept San Diego Christian (5-4, 0-3) in a Golden State Athletic Conference showdown by scores of 25-23, 25-10 and 25-18. The Warriors increased their match winning streak to nine matches. Westmont has now won their last 24 sets in a row and 27 of their last 28

The Hawks gave Westmont a difficult time at the net, tallying 11 team blocks including two solo blocks and five block assists from Molly Whitzmann. As a result, the Warriors posted an attack percentage of just .170, making 21 errors on 112 attack attempts.

The Warriors overcame, however, by holding San Diego Christian to just a .010 attack percentage with the Hawks committing 24 errors on 102 attempts.

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Four Goals and a Shutout for the Warriors

September 18th, 2015
Haylee Lopes taking on a Soka defender.

By Kaci Mexico

September 17, 2015

“They were focused. They knew the game plan and they knew what they needed to do, they just needed to execute it,” said head Coach Chantel Cappuccilli about the mindset of the Westmont Women’s Soccer Team going into Wednesday’s away game against Soka University. This focused mindset would lead the warriors to a 4-0 victory over Soka University.

Senior, Carling Richardson, set the tone by scoring the first goal of the game with a driven shot taken outside of the 18 yard box that soared into the upper left corner of the goal.

Later in the half, Jackie Lopez improved upon this 1-0 lead with a header goal off of an Angela Brown corner kick.

Even with a 2-0 lead, the Warriors remained focused and determined to continue executing the game plan for a full 90 minutes.

Storm over Thorrington

September 13th, 2015
Kolby McInally

After experiencing an offensive drought on Wednesday and playing to a scoreless double-overtime tie against #3 Marymount, Westmont Men’s Soccer (3-1-1) experienced an El Nino effect on a hot, muggy Saturday afternoon at Thorrington Field. Though the heavens never opened with water from above, a deluge of Warrior goals proved to be as refreshing, and as needed, as a summer storm would have been.

The aftermath of the event, was a sweet smelling 7-1 victory over Sierra Nevada (1-5), which is fielding a men’s soccer team for the first time.

The leading edge of the front came through in the 10th minute of play. Launching a corner kick from the northwest sector, senior midfielder Tanner Wolf found sophomore forward Kolby McInally who punched it into the net from 12 yards out.

Over the next 20 minutes, a swirl of activity was gathering strength over the Warriors’ western half of the field while calm settled over the eastern territory. Then lightning arched across the field in the form of a pass from senior midfielder Blake Joyner to Wolf at the top of the 18. Wolf redirected the bolt’s energy toward the net, giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

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