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Season Ends with Thriller on Thorrington

November 6th, 2015
Blake Homan's game tying goal with under two minutes in regulation.

Rallying from a two-goal deficit while playing two-men down, Westmont Men’s Soccer (9-6-2) scored twice in the waning minutes of regulation to take Hope International into overtime. The Warriors held their ground in the first overtime, but finally succumb to the Royals’ greater numbers, falling 4-3 in the second overtime period.

Hope International scored in the 12th minute when Thales Serra shot from 35 yards out and found the top right netting. The Royals advanced their lead by one in the 65th minute off of a beautifully executed set piece. Jonathan Canales sent a free kick from 40 yards out to the front of the goal. Oleg Parent flicked the ball on with his head, redirecting it past Westmont keeper Josh Glover.

Down two goals, Westmont made some adjustments.

“Once the second goal was scored, we changed the shape a little bit and got an additional player forward, which was Timmy (Heiduk),” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “Then it was kind of mayhem. From there until the end, you are looking for set pieces and corners and balls into the box.

The challenge intensified when Matt Lariviere picked up his second yellow card, in the 72nd minute, resulting in his ejection from the game.

Just four minutes later, however, Westmont made its first mark on the scoreboard. Dash Wulterin, standing near the left side line. sent the ball to Blake Joyner near the middle of the field. Joyner forwarded it on to Heiduk as the freshman was breaking for the left post. Heiduk snuck the ball between the keeper and the post.

Four Named to All-GSAC Team

November 6th, 2015
All-GSAC selections Blake Joyner, Wilton Quintero, Muhammad Mehai and Tanner Wolf.

A quartet of Warriors has been named to the 2015 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Team as announced by the conference office this week. The recipients are:

    ·  Senior defender Blake Joyner of Santa Ynez
    ·  Senior midfielder Muhammad Mehai of Carpinteria
    ·  Junior midfielder Wilton Quintero of Temple City
    ·  Senior midfielder Tanner Wolf of Santa Barbara

“I thought Blake was deserving of selection last year and didn’t receive it. For him to cap off his career with this recognition is terrific,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf.

Joyner has played in all 16 games this season and has logged more minutes (1490) than anyone else on the Warrior team. With a goal against San Diego Christian and three assists on the season, Joyner has tallied five points in addition to his defensive contributions.

“From the standpoint of fitness and work ethic, Blake is a real pro in the way he goes about his business,” said Wolf. “Day in and day out, he is a consistent role model in all the attributes we are looking for in players.”

McCann Shines as Warriors Overthrow Royals

November 3rd, 2015
Jessica McCann

Westmont Volleyball (19-6, 11-4 GSAC) avenged a previous Golden State Athletic Conference win by sweeping the Royals of Hope International (12-11, 8-6 GSAC) on Tuesday night by scores of 25-14, 25-18, 25-15. On October 3, Westmont lost to Hope International in four sets on the Royals’ home court. Tonight’s win, comes on the heels of Westmont four-set victory over then top-ranked Biola last Friday night.

Junior outside hitter Jessica McCann tallied 14 kills for the Warriors on 21 attempts with just one error for a .619 attack percentage. Missy Fuerst (.500 attack percentage), Sydney Striff (.368 attack percentage) and Libby Dahlberg (.250 attack percentage) each added eight kills to the Warriors’ cause.

The hit parade netted Westmont a .370 team attack percentage for the match compared to .108 for Hope International.

The Warriors came out swinging in the first set, scoring on seven of the first eight points on their way to a 20-7 lead. As a team, Westmont posted a .412 attack percentage in the first set.

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GSAC Honors Five Warriors, Steck Named Offensive MVP

November 3rd, 2015
(Top row) GSAC Player of the Year Kelsey Steck. Jackie Lopez. (Middle row) Brooke Lillywhite, Alanna Richards. (Bottom row) Sophie Fuller.

By Kaci Mexico

November 3, 2015

Five players from the #8 Westmont Women’s Soccer team (12-3-2, 7-1-2 GSAC) have been named to the 2015 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer team and senior Kelsey Steck has been named the GSAC Offensive Player of the Year.

The five Warriors named to the all-conference team are:

    ·  Sophomore midfielder Alanna Richards of Oceanside
    ·  Sophomore forward Jackie Lopez of Santa Barbara
    ·  Junior midfielder Brooke Lillywhite of Huntington Beach
    ·  Junior center back Sophie Fuller of Orinda
    ·  Senior forward Kelsey Steck of Valencia

Fuller, who was named an All-American in the 2014 season, has continued to be an anchor for the Warriors’ defense. She has helped hold Westmont’s opponents to only 16 goals on the season.

Dominant in the midfield are Lillywhite and Richards. Lillywhite, who is tied with Lopez for the second highest number of goals, tallied seven goals and five assists, while Richards recorded four goals and two assists on the season box score.

Shellmire Drops 26 to Quench Flames

November 3rd, 2015
Aysia Shellmire

By Kaci Mexico

November 02, 2015

Junior forward Aysia Shellmire scored 26 points and had 15 rebounds to lead the #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (2-0) to their second win of the season in a highly aggressive and energetic game against the Flames of Bethesda College (2-1). The final score was 70-61.

This was Shellmire’s eleventh career double-double and both her point total and rebounds are new career highs.

“Aysia’s first half really set the tone for our team,” said head coach Kirsten Moore. “When we were able to stay composed enough to get her the ball inside, she really went to work. She was unstoppable tonight. I am so proud of her and how she did on the boards as well.”

Moore continued to reflect on the women’s performance in tonight’s game. “I was proud of the fact that we were able to get it done and find a way to come out with a win in a really crazy game. Bethesda hit a bunch of shots in the second half, so we had to weather the storm. Then we made a run of our own in the beginning of the fourth quarter. That really put us in control down the stretch.”

In the first quarter, the Warriors gained an early lead and scored the first six points of the game in only two and one-half minutes. This run consisted of a successful free throw by Shellmire, a jump shot by senior Krissy Karr, and a three-pointer by freshman Kayla Sato. Westmont ended the quarter at 19 points, with Bethesda close behind at 14.

Warriors Down Hawks to Gain #3 Seed

November 1st, 2015
Asher Booth

A pair of second half goals in a span of less than three minutes resulted in a 2-1 Golden State Athletic Conference victory by Westmont Men’s Soccer (9-5-2, 6-3-1GSAC) over San Diego Christian (11-7, 6-4).

As a result, Westmont has finished the GSAC regular season tied with The Master’s for third place and will enter the GSAC Tournament as the number three seed. Westmont will host sixth-seeded Hope International (8-10, 3-7) in the first round of the Tournament on Friday at 2:00 p.m.

Fans were still settling into their seats when San Diego Christian scored its goal. An errant Warrior pass was picked up by a Royal’s defender and forwarded to Pedro Henrique in the center of the field, Henrique dribbled directly up the field, firing from about 25 yards out. Henrique’s shot found the right side netting.

The Warriors’ first goal came in the 50th minute after a foul in the box by the Hawks. As Austin Lack dribbled toward the top of the 18 on the right side, Asher Booth was shoved from behind in the box just as the ball was being passed to him. Westmont was awarded a penalty kick.

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Warriors Overcome #1 Biola in Murchison Thriller

November 1st, 2015
Taylor Beckman

Westmont’s Murchison Gymnasium was rocking on Friday night as #17 Westmont Volleyball (18-6, 10-4 GSAC) defeated top-ranked Biola (23-3, 12-2) in four-sets (25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28). The stands were packed for the Golden State Athletic Conference match-up) with boisterous students and fans who celebrated every Warrior point with gusto and rushed the court for a gigantic group hug when the final point was won.

“The crowd was unbelievable,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “They were a huge advantage for us tonight and a contributing factor. They helped fuel our team with a lot of adrenaline and power. ”

The win broke a seven-game series winning streak by the Eagles which dated back to the 2012 season.

Four different Warriors recorded double-digit kills in a match that featured the highest level of volleyball played in Murchison Gymnasium in quite some time. As a team, the Warriors recorded a .221 attack percentage while holding the Eagles to .193. The Warriors tallied 11.5 team blocks against eight for Biola.

Sophomore Taylor Beckman posted 13 kills while producing a .257 attack percentage and recording seven blocks. Freshman Libby Dahlberg (.233 attack percentage) and senior Sydney Striff (.348 attack percentage, 6 blocks) each contributed 11 kills. Junior Jessica McCann produced 10 kills with a .192 attack percentage.

“What a fantastic match,” said a thrilled Cook. “I don’t know if we could have played any better. That was about the best we’ve played all year and what a time to do it. Our offense was amazing. Biola was also playing well.

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Warriors Finish Strong

November 1st, 2015
Kelsey Steck scoring one of her five goals. (Photo by Nathan Ngo)

By Kaci Mexico

October 31, 2015

In the final regular season women’s soccer game of the Golden State Athletic Conference, #8 Westmont defeated San Diego Christian by an astounding score of 9-0. With this win, the Warriors secured the title of co-champions of the GSAC conference, along with Biola.

There has only been one other time in Westmont Women’s Soccer history that the Warriors have scored more than eight goals. The only other time was when they faced Dominican University in 2003 and scored 13 goals.

It took 15 minutes for the Warriors to score the first goal of the game – a goal that opened the floodgates to a goal scoring deluge. In the next nine minutes they scored three more goals.

To begin the scoring, senior Kaitlin Swift beat a defender down the right sideline and made a decisive cross to the head of sophomore Jackie Lopez. Lopez carefully placed the header into bottom right corner of the goal.

One minute later the Warriors scored off of another cross, this time, from the left sideline. The goal began when junior Brooke Lillywhite played a perfectly placed and weighted through ball to Lopez. Lopez crossed the ball on the ground to Steck near the middle of the goal box. Steck finished the cross and scored her first of five goals.

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