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PKs Aplenty for Warriors

October 10th, 2016
Drew Alltop

A pair of penalty kicks accounted for all of the scoring on Monday afternoon as Westmont Men’s Soccer posted a 2-0 Golden State Athletic Conference win over San Diego Christian. The game completes a successful two-game road trip that improves the Warriors” record to 7-4 overall and 4-2 in GSAC play.

“I thought the first half performance of our team was very good,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “It is a difficult place to play – very warm, very small field. We had a bit of a nightmare down here last year losing a game in overtime 3-2. We knew it would be a challenging environment and we knew that we would not be able to play the way we typically like to play.

“I thought when we needed to be a little bit safer and more direct, we did that. And when we had opportunities to pass the ball and to move it on the ground we did that. I thought we were pretty good about reading the situations we were in.’

The first goal came in the 18th minute after Austin Lack drew a foul in the box.

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Cross Country Takes First and Second at Vanguard

October 9th, 2016
Maia Halvorson

Westmont Men’s Cross Country took first place at the Vanguard Invitational on Saturday at Irvine Park while the women’s team claimed second.

Westmont freshman Michael Oldach took first place in the 8,000 meter men’s race, finishing in a time of 25:44, eight seconds ahead of Jeronimo Brito of Vanguard.

“Michael Oldach put together a strong race plan that put him at the front pack through three miles,” reported Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “It was at that point that he decided he would make a move to push the pace and find what kind of mettle he has for tough racing.

“When he encountered the second long and challenging hill on the course leading to four miles, he had a 20-meter lead on second place. At the top of the hill he had a 50-meter lead and was running confidently. Michael maintained his pace and his composure to win his first collegiate race.”

Sophomore Blake Fonda placed sixth in a time of 26:09 while freshman Michael Conant ran the course in a time of 26:11 to claim seventh.


Leaving Iowa with Lessons Learned and without Regrets

October 8th, 2016
Photo by Brad Elliott

With two more wins today, Westmont Volleyball has continued its historic run through the regular season, improving its record to 23-0. The Warriors concluded a four-game Iowa road trip with 3-1 victories over Concordia of Nebraska (25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15) and Northwestern of Iowa (25-14, 25-14, 23-25, 25-21).

Today’s wins followed a pair of victories yesterday over Saint Mary (Neb.) and #11 Dort. The former in three sets and the latter in five.

“Both Northwestern and Concordia were really strong teams today,” remarked Cook. “They definitely challenged us, along with Dordt (Iowa) yesterday. Those three matches were everything we had hoped for and more. We came out here to get challenged and they definitely pushed us to play at a very high level.

“It was a great learning trip for us – learning how we respond when we travel a long distance, how we respond when we play teams at a high level with tall players and how we respond when we get down a set. This was a huge confidence booster.”

In the match against Concordia (13-14), Westmont posted a .284 attack percentage and held the Bulldogs to .193. Taylor Beckman and Libby Dahlberg led the way with 15 and 14 kills respectively. Jessica McCann and Sam Neely each added nine.

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Warriors Thrive in the Desert

October 8th, 2016
Yazi Hernandez

Westmont Men’s Soccer (6-4, 3-2 GSAC) started the two-game road trip with a 4-0 shutout of Golden State Athletic Conference foe Arizona Christian (4-8, 0-5) on Saturday afternoon. Matt Lariviere scored twice for the Warriors to record his fifth and sixth goals of the season.

The Warriors outshot the Firestorm 25-9 in the contest, placing 14 of their shots on goal. Westmont goalkeeper Lalo Delgado warded off two shots on goal to record his second shutout of the season.

The first goal came in the ninth minute when Matt Lariviere finished a pass from the right side by Yazi Hernandez. Eleven minutes later, the Warriors went up 2-0 when Austin Lack put in a rebounded shot off of a free kick.

Four minutes into the second half, Lariviere struck again. This time he headed in a cross from the right side by Nate Ruble.

Jeremiah Anderson scored the final goal for the Warriors in the 53rd minute. Hernandez picked up his second assist of the day with a cross from the left side that Anderson drilled into the net.

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Warriors Overpower Firestorm

October 8th, 2016
Brooke Lillywhite (photo by  Michael Sharp)

By Kaci Mexico
October 8, 2016

After a long road trip to Phoenix, fourth ranked Westmont women’s soccer (10-2-1, 3-2 GSAC) won its third Golden State Athletic Conference game against Arizona Christian (4-5-1, 1-4 GSAC), when they defeated the Firestorm by a score of 4-0.

The first goal came in the ninth minute after Alanna Richards fired off a shot that was deflected by the Firestorm goal keeper, Serenity Masterson. Brooke Lillywhite collected the ball and converted the deflection into a goal.

In the second half, the Warriors went on to score three more goals. In the 50th minute, Lillywhite also scored the second goal of the game and her 16th goal of the season off of a free kick. The game’s third goal came in the 71st minute when Lillywhite played a through ball to Jackie Lopez who finished in the lower left side of the goal.


Warriors Win Two in Hawkeye State

October 7th, 2016
Emma Harrah

Westmont Volleyball, the only undefeated team in the NAIA, took its winning streak on the road and improved its record to 21-0 by taking the first two of four games in the state of Iowa.

The #2 Warriors, playing at Dordt College’s De Witt Gym, picked up a 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-12) win against the College of Saint Mary from Nebraska. An hour and one-half later, the Warriors took on their eleventh-ranked hosts and won a five-set thriller 15-25, 25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11.

In the opener, Westmont posted a .394 attack percentage while holding the Flames (6-11) to .056. The Warriors also benefitted from five blocks and went unblocked by Saint Mary.

Westmont outside hitter Jessica McCann had a monster game, tallying 13 kills over the three-set game and posting a .545 attack percentage. Fellow outside hitter Taylor Beckman added seven kills and hit at a .500 rate. Right-side hitter Sam Neely added six kills with a .333 attack percentage. Libero Kami Troesh guarded the back row for the Warriors, tallying 14 serve receptions and 22 digs.

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Warriors Unlucky in Overtime

October 5th, 2016
Sophie Fuller (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
October 5, 2016

After an intense yet scoreless 90 minutes of regulation play, three minutes into the first golden goal overtime period, #4 Westmont (9-2-1, 2-2 GSAC) conceded an own goal and fell to #12 Biola (10-0-1, 4-0-1 GSAC) by a score of 0-1.

In each half, both the Warriors and the Eagles had notable opportunities to score. In the 11th minute, Paula-Marie Labate of Biola dribbled into the Warrior goal box and took a wide open shot from just six yards out. Westmont goal keeper, Amber Rojas reacted quickly and dove to make the save. In the 31st minute Westmont’s Maddi Berthoud evaded a defender, dribbled deep into the Eagle’s goal box, and fired off a shot. The Biola goal keeper, Christina Rodriguez, made the save.

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Warrior Rally Falls Short

October 4th, 2016
Jeremiah Anderson

Despite a ferocious offensive effort in the second half, Westmont Men’s Soccer (5-4, 2-2 GSAC) was unable to overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit and fell to #15 Biola (8-3, 3-2) on Tuesday afternoon at Thorrington Field.

The Eagles scored two goals late in the first half. In the 38th minute David Martinez scored the Eagles’ first goal on a pass from Clayton Mohler from the left side of the field. Martinez scored on first touch.

Colton Hunter scored the Eagles’ second goal in the 43rd minute. Hunter scored off a rebound from a shot by Martinez.

Westmont’s intensity increased in the second half. After being held without a shot in the opening frame, the Warriors tallied 11 shots in the second period. The lone goal came in the 72nd minute. Charlie Byers fired off a shot from the 25 yards out that rebounded off the cross bar and found Matt Lariviere at the top of the box. Lariviere took aim and buried the ball in the back of the net to pull the Warriors within one.

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