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Warriors host Oaks in GSAC Quarterfinals

October 31st, 2016
photo by Brad Elliott

By Kaci Mexico
October 31, 2016

At the close of regular season, eleventh ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer (14-2-2) sits third in the Golden State Athletic Conference with a conference record of 7-2-1. Ninth ranked Vanguard (14-3, 9-1 GSAC) finished in first and #5 Biola (14-0-2, 8-0-2 GSAC) finished second.

The Warriors are the number three seed in the 2016 Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament and will host sixth seed Menlo (8-6-3, 3-5-2 GSAC) this Friday at 2:00 p.m. in one of the two quarterfinal matchups.

The Warriors hosted the Oaks earlier this season and defeated them by a score of 4-1. The winner of this game will move on to play second seed Biola in the semifinals.

Volleyball Claims GSAC Championship

October 29th, 2016
Libby Dahlberg

For the first time since 1993, Westmont Volleyball (29-0, 14-0 GSAC) has claimed the Golden State Athletic Conference Championship. The feat was accomplished by a sweep of Vanguard (25-19, 25-20, 25-13) in front of a boisterous home crowd in Murchison Gymnasium.

With two games remaining in the GSAC season, the Warriors are three games ahead of both #19 Biola (21-9, 11-3) and The Master’s (19-10, 11-3).

“I so proud of this team and what they have accomplished so far,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “It shows that they have worked hard, that they have stayed hungry, that they have stayed focus. We haven’t let success get to our heads, but have wanted to do our best in every single game. They definitely deserve this this year.”

The Warriors have two matches remaining in the regular season, both on the road. Next Friday, Westmont will take on The Master’s in Santa Clarita. Then on Saturday, the Warriors will wrap up the 2016 GSAC season in Fullerton with a match against Hope International (11-12, 5-7).

Because the Warriors are expected to receive a bye in the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament, Westmont will not play again until pool play begins on November 29 at the National Tournament final site in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Men’s Soccer Finishes atop GSAC

October 29th, 2016
2016 Westmont Mens Soccer

The Golden State Athletic Conference season came to an end today and Westmont Men’s Soccer (10-4-1, 7-2-1 GSAC) has finished as co-champions. It is the first GSAC Regular Season Championship for the Warriors since the 2002 season.

Westmont tied with Menlo (13-4-1, 7-2-1) at the top of the standings, but will be the number one seed in the upcoming GSAC Tournament by virtue of its 3-0 victory over the Oaks on October 20. Both Menlo and Westmont will receive byes in the first round of the GSAC Tournament. Menlo secured the bye with a 2-1 overtime win against #19 Hope International (11-3-4, 5-3-2) today in Atherton.

Play begins in the Tournament on Saturday. November 5 with third-seeded Vanguard (11-4, 6-4) hosting sixth-seeded Biola (10-6, 5-5) and fourth-seeded Hope International hosting fifth-seeded The Master’s (10-6-2, 5-4-1).

Warriors Polish off Regular Season with Win over Mustangs

October 26th, 2016
Gabe Thurner

Westmont Men’s Soccer (10-4-1, 7-2-1) finished off the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season by handing the Mustangs of The Master’s (10-5-2, 5-3-1) a 3-2 loss on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Warriors guaranteed themselves a bye in the first round of the upcoming GSAC Tournament and extended their lead atop the GSAC standings to five points.

The Warriors took a 2-0 lead into half time and extended their advantage to 3-0 in the second half before the Mustangs got on the board.

“I thought it was a real sharp start for us,” said Westmont coach Dave Wolf. “I thought we looked lively at the beginning of the game, which was really nice to see because I didn’t feel like we were at our best in the previous game. We challenged the guys on that level and I thought they responded really well. Both of the early goals were a result of a really sharp start by us.”

Matt Lariviere scored the Warriors’ first goal in the 22nd minute.

“Jeremiah Anderson had a ball on the left wing and tried to square a ball into the box,” said Wolf. “With his back to the goal, Matt Lariviere spun and smashed the ball with his left foot. It hit the underside of the crossbar and went straight down. The linesman on the far side of the field ruled that the ball had crossed the line.”

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Warriors Tie Mustangs to Finish Third

October 26th, 2016
Hailey Parker (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
October 25, 2016

In their final Golden State Athletic Conference game of the season against The Master’s (8-5-4, 4-3-2 GSAC), eleventh ranked Westmont Women’s soccer (14-2-2, 7-2-1 GSAC) came back from a 0-1 deficit and sent the game into overtime, when Sophie Fuller scored in the 86th minute. Both overtime periods were scoreless, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The first 35 minutes were scoreless until the Mustang’s Jenae Garcia made a short pass to Lynnae George who fired off a shot into the lower right corner of the goal from 15 yards out.


Warriors Silence Eagles

October 26th, 2016
Libby Dahlberg

Westmont hitters put on a show in La Mirada as Westmont (28-0, 13-0 GSAC) posted another sweep of a Golden State Athletic Conference opponent, defeating #19 Biola (19-9, 10-3) by scores of 25-11, 25-20, 25-14. The Warriors produced a .319 hitting percentage as a team while holding the Eagles to .057.

Nearly one year ago (361 days to be exact), Biola entered Westmont’s Murchison Gymnasium with a number one ranking to take on the then #17 Warriors. The Warriors won in four sets (25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28) knocking the Eagles out of the top spot.

Tonight, Westmont took its newly minted number one ranking into Biola’s Chase Gymnasium, expecting Biola to be eager to turn the tables on the undefeated Warriors. Seeking a big crowd to enhance its home court advantage, Biola promised free pizza to the first 200 fans that showed up at the game wearing red.

But the Warriors were expecting a boisterous crowd.

“It was a good crowd, nice and loud,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We practiced with earplugs yesterday, knowing that we wouldn’t be able to hear each other tonight so we would have to talk extra loud.”

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Berthoud Receives GSAC Honor

October 25th, 2016
Maddi Berthoud (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
October 25, 2016

Freshman Maddi Berthoud was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for her performances in two Westmont conference victories this past week. Berthoud had three assists and two goals on the week.

In the Warriors’ 4-1 win over Menlo last Thursday, Berthoud assisted Haley Parzonko in scoring the first goal of the game in the 26th minute, and then assisted Brooke Lillywhite in scoring another goal in the 48th minute.

Westmont Now 27-0

October 23rd, 2016
Mila Maricic

Taylor Beckman produced 12 kills to help lead the #1 Westmont Volleyball to a three-game sweep of Arizona Christian (25-21, 25-15, 25-20). Beckman also had 19 serve receptions without an error and eight digs.

With the win, the NAIA’s only undefeated team improved to 27-0 overall and 12-0 in GSAC play.

The Firestorm jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the first set and maintained a lead until back-to-back-to-back kills by Beckman gave Westmont a 13-12 advantage. Still tied at 21, the Warriors’ benefited from a Firestorm attack error before Sam Neely and Mila Maricic produced a block to make the score 23-21.

After an Arizona Christian timeout, Neely delivered a kill to give the Warriors set point and force the Firestorm to call timeout again. Another attack error by the Firestorm gave Westmont a one-set-to-none advantage.

The second set went Westmont’s way from the start. The Warriors jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back. Westmont produced a .357 attack percentage connecting for 13 kills on 28 attempts with just three errors.

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