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Westmont Wins in Warriors v. Warriors

October 24th, 2015
Gabe Turner 442

A goal in the 72nd minute by Tanner Wolf ended a seesaw battle in Rockin, giving Westmont Men’s Soccer (7-5-2, 4-3-1 GSAC) a 3-2 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over William Jessup on Saturday afternoon.

“We found a way to win,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf, “which was the top priority. After the third goal, we managed well the last 15 minutes of the game to preserve the win.”

Wolf’s game winner was made possible by a bullet of a serve by Matt Lariviere.

“Matt played a ball across the face of the goal with enough speed to prevent the keeper from getting to it,” described Wolf. “Tanner tapped it in with the inside of his left foot.”

Westmont’s first goal came in just the second minute of the game off the foot of Muhammad Mehai.

“Brandon Talsma had a throw in,” reported the coach. “Mo was able to get to it and volley a quality shot into the top corner.”

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Warriors Sweep Firestorm

October 23rd, 2015
Samantha Neely

Warrior setters spread the ball around in Friday night’s Golden State Athletic Conference match as six different players had between five and seven kills apiece in #16 Westmont Volleyball’s three-game sweep of Arizona Christian (0-11, 2-19). The Warriors, who improved to 16-5 overall and 8-3 in GSAC play, doused the Firestorm by scores of 25-11, 25-9 and 25-8.

As a team, Westmont posted an attack percentage of .357, producing 39 kills on 84 attempts. Westmont also scored from the service line, tallying ten aces including three each by Alexa Nestlerode and Jessica McCann.

McCann and Sydney Striff led all Warriors with seven kills each while Taylor Beckman (.625 attack percentage) and Sarah McGough (.600 attack percentage) each added six. Emma Harrah (.444 attack percentage) and Marissa Fuerst (.333 attack percentage) contributed five kills each to the Warriors’ totals.

The Warriors used long runs to take control of each set. With the scored 8-6 in the opening frame, Westmont went on an 8-0 run that included two kills each by Beckman and Striff.

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Warriors “Headed” in Right Direction

October 23rd, 2015
Angela Brown (Photo by Nathan Ngo)

By Kaci Mexico

October 23, 2015

It took two header goals off of two set pieces in the final twenty minutes of the game for the #5 Westmont Women’s Soccer team (10-2-2, 5-0-2) to defeat Menlo (8-5-4, 4-4-1) on the road. The final score of the game was 2-0.

After a scoreless first half, senior Angela Brown produced a pair of sweet signature corner kicks that were capitalized on by senior Kelsey Steck and sophomore Alanna Richards.

Steck, who won her second Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors earlier this week, continued her offensive success by scoring a header goal off of Brown’s corner kick in the 72nd minute.

Seven minutes later, Richards increased this lead when she scored her third header goal of the season in the 79th minute off of yet another corner kick by Brown.

The Oaks Prove Hard to Fell at Home

October 22nd, 2015
Matt Lariviere

More often than not, the men’s soccer teams of the Golden State Athletic Conference have found the Oaks of Menlo (8-5-3, 2-4-3) to be knotty. Of the five home games played by Menlo, three have ended in ties – including today’s game against Westmont (6-5-2, 3-3-1), which produced a scoreless braid.

Biola, which sits atop the GSAC standings and is ranked at #23, was the first victim in Menlo’s entangling tendencies. The Eagles suffered the same fate as the Warriors – no goals, just a tie.

The Master’s, ranked 17th, did manage a goal at Menlo, but gave one up as well, producing yet another contorted result.

San Diego Christian also felt the constriction of the Oaks’ branches; ending regulation with a 1-1 tally. The Hawks, however, escaped the tightening bonds with a golden goal in overtime to claim the only win of a GSAC team on the Oaks turf.

“I was disappointed not to get the three points today,” acknowledged Westmont head coach Dave Wolf, “It’s difficult to play on Menlo’s home field and it proved to be the case again today.”

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Steck Honored Again as Offensive Player of the Week

October 21st, 2015
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By Kaci Mexico

For the second time this season, senior Kelsey Steck received Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors for her performance in last week’s games. She was named the award winner after posting three goals and one assist in two games against top ranked teams – a goal and an assist against #1 Lindsey Wilson (9-1-2) and two goals against #15 Vanguard (10-4-1, 4-2-1).

The center forward from Valencia consistently delivers for the Warriors and has scored in five of the last six games. Last Wednesday she kicked off the Warriors’ 3-0 victory over Lindsey Wilson with a header goal off of a corner kick by Angela Brown. Later in that game she, along with Jackie Lopez, assisted freshman Hailey Parker in scoring the third goal of the game.

The following Saturday, Steck scored both goals in the Warriors’ 2-2 tie against Vanguard. The first goal came when Ariel Johnston crossed the ball to Steck who slotted the ball into the right side of the goal. Towards the end of that game, the Warriors’ found themselves down 2-1 and once again, Steck delivered. She tied the game with a near post header goal off of a cross from sophomore Haley Parzonko.

Troesh Honored as Player of the Week

October 21st, 2015
Kami Troesh

Junior libero Kami Troesh of Westmont (15-5, 7-3 GSAC) has been honored as the Golden State Athletic Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week. The Newport Beach Native was selected because of her performance on last week’s road trip to Northern California.

Troesh produced a total of 39 digs and 36 serve receptions in two games last week. Against William Jessup on Friday, she tallied 22 digs and 15 serve receptions in a four-set match. She also recorded three service aces. At Menlo in Saturday’s three-set match, Troesh notched 17 digs and 21 serve receptions.

For the season, Troesh is averaging 4.14 digs – which is second in the GSAC – and 5.35 serve receptions per set.

Warriors Win Again in NoCal

October 17th, 2015
Taylor Beckman

Westmont Volleyball (15-5, 7-3 GSAC) completed a Northern California sweep by defeating Menlo (8-4-2, 2-3-2) on Saturday afternoon in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-20). Yesterday, the Warriors defeated William Jessup 3-1.

In today’s match, freshman Samantha Neely led the Warriors with 13 kills. Neely posted a .462 attack percentage; committing just one error in 26 attempts. Jessica McCann added eight kills while Mila Maricic contributed seven more. Maricic did not have an attack error in 11 attempts and notched a .636 attack percentage.

As a team, Westmont recorded a .254 attack percentage and tallied 11 blocks.

Down 9-7 in the first set, the Warriors delivered four kills in a row to take an 11-9 lead – two by Missy Fuerst and one each by Taylor Beckman and Neely. The Warriors then scored nine of the next 12 points to take control of the set.

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Lions Roar Past Warriors

October 17th, 2015
Blake Joyner. Photo by Lydia Grenko

Westmont Men’s Soccer (6-5-1, 3-3 GSAC) scored first in today’s Golden State Athletic Conference game, but #6 Vanguard (11-2, 5-1) produced four unanswered goal to claim a 4-1 win at Thorrington Field.

Freshman Tim Heiduk took advantage of a ball sent into the box by Blake Joyner to score in just the third minute of play. Joyner served the ball into the top of the box toward Brandon Talsma. Vanguard’s keeper reacted to a fake shot by Talsma, but the ball continued to Heiduk who scored from 12 yards out.

Just seconds later, Vanguard evened the score when Brian Torres, who was dribbling down the center of the field, passed the ball to Ivan Azpeita. Azpeita scored from 10 yards out on the right.

Vanguard took the lead in the 37th minute of play, going up 2-1. Jesus Fregoso took a penalty shot which Westmont goalkeeper Josh Glover saved. However, the ball bounced back into play and Fregoso was able to deliver the rebound into the back of the net.

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