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  • Sunday, September 14

    • Women's Soccer
      • Concordia (Ore.) vs. Kan. Wesleyan
        At Westmont, 10:30 am
          Live Stats

  • Friday, September 19

    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts San Diego Chr., 7 pm

  • Saturday, September 20

    • Cross Country
      • WC at The Mustang Challenge
        At The Master's, 8 am
    • Women's Soccer
    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts Arizona Chr., 1 pm
    • Men's Soccer

Late Goal Gives Warriors the Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 16th, 2014
Tanner Wolf

Westmont Men’s Soccer (3-2) earned its first win at home this season, posting a 3-2 win over Marymount California (2-3-2) on Tuesday afternoon at Thorrington Field.

The Warriors fell behind in the 13th minute when the Mariners’ Jonas Springer received a pass from Kevin Faye on the right side and drilled it into the Warriors’ net.

“I was proud of the way the guys were able to get on steady ground after the first 15 minutes,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “I thought we weren’t very alert out of the gate and they were on us. Even after they scored, we were able to keep fairly level and slowly work our way back into the game until we scored. After we scored, I thought we were pretty good.”

That first Westmont score came in the 37th minute after Tanner Wolf forwarded a pass to Matt Lariviere on the right side. Lariviere beat a defender on the dribble and then outmaneuvered the Marymount goalkeeper before firing into an empty net from 25 yards out.

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Warriors Fall in Overtime

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 13th, 2014
Muhammad Mehai

Despite outshooting Kansas Wesleyan 15-9 and placing six shots on goal to the Coyotes’ (pronounced KY-yohts) four, Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-2) suffered a 1-0 loss in overtime today at Thorrington Field.

“I thought we looked very good in the first half,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “In the second half, we weren’t quite as sharp. When you don’t score a goal when you are playing well, it gets very difficult in this game.”

In the first half, Westmont held a 10-4 shot advantage, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The second half saw a more balanced stat sheet with Westmont posting four shots on goal to Kansa Wesleyan’s three.

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1989 Warriors to Reunite

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 9th, 2014
Captains Peter Bourland, Michael Avery and Rob Ring accept the 1989 NAIA District III Championship Trophy.

A celebration is in the making to commemorate the success 25 years ago of the 1989 Westmont men’s soccer team. The squad of 20 individuals and two coaches won the NAIA District III Playoffs and then advanced to the NAIA National Championship where they reached the semifinal round.

This coming Saturday, September 13, the 1989 Warrior team will gather on the Westmont campus to cheer on the 2014 team, share stories from the past and renew acquaintances. Team captains Mike Avery and Rob Ring and head coach Bob Fortosis will be among the 13-15 members of the team expected to attend.

The Warriors won 18 games that season while dropping only three and tying three. In the District III playoffs, The Warriors defeated Biola 5-0 in the first game and then claimed the championship with a 4-0 win over The Master’s.

Warriors Skunk Eagles Behind Johnsen’s Hat Trick

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 6th, 2014
Daniel Johnsen

Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-1) scored four goals in a span of less than six and one-half minutes – including a hat trick by senior Daniel Johnsen – as the Warriors defeated Embry-Riddle of Arizona (2-1-1) by a score of 7-0. It marks only the ninth time in team history that a player has scored three or more goals in a game.

“DJ led so well today – verbally and in his approach to the game,” noted Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “When he got chances, he was clinical in front of goal. None of his goals were easy finishes. He was in a great frame of mind and played beautifully. It was a captain’s performance from him. He gets the man of the match.

The Warriors shot the ball 29 times – the most in ten years – placing 19 of those shots on goal. Embry Riddle was limited to eight shots, three of which were on goal.

“It was a very interesting game in that the conditions were very difficult and you weren’t sure how the teams were going to approach the game,” said Wolf of playing on artificial turf in triple-digit temperatures. “(Embry-Riddle) dropped back defensively in the first half and let us have the ball in our half of the field. The only thing we could really do was play balls over the top. There wasn’t much room to play in the midfield.”

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Lack Leads Men’s Soccer to Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 5th, 2014
Westmont Goalkeeper Josh Glover

An early goal from the Warriors’ Austin Lack is all that was needed for Westmont Men’s Soccer (1-1) to pick up its first win of the season. Goalkeeper Josh Glover earned the 1-0 shutout; posting four saves in the win over Westminster of Utah (5-1-1).

“The big take away was that we started very sharply, as we have on a number of occasions this year including our exhibition game,” explained Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “This time, we actually converted during that spell, which we hadn’t done. That felt like a step in the right direction. It was very nice to see Austin get a goal after having a number of chances in our opener.”

Lack’s goal came in the 10th minute of play and stood up for the win against a team that averaged two goals a game coming into today’s contest.

“Sebastian Kent played Austin a ball 30 yards away from the goal,” said Wolf, describing Lack’s goal. “Austin was down the middle of the field, but a little off to the left. He did a really nice job of turning the ball and he was able to beat his defender off the dribble. The keeper came out to close down the angle and may have touched a piece of the ball. However, Austin was able to put enough on the ball to get it by him.

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Sagehens Take Season Opener from Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 29th, 2014
Cody Howen

Despite outshooting its opponent 22-9, Westmont Men’s Soccer suffered a 2-1 loss to Pomona-Pitzer in the season opener for both teams. The Warriors held a 12-1 corner kick advantage but could not translate the opportunities into goals.

“We got around the goal; it is safe to say that,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “Beyond that, I’m not exactly sure how to evaluate what happened when we got around the goal. They obviously had a couple of big saves – that was a part of it. Then probably some of our inefficiencies were a part of it to.”

The Sagehens opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Voja Maric scored after receiving a pass from Drew Lind. Lind passed the ball ahead from just pass midfield. Maric dribbled 10 yard down the field and fired from 18 yards out.

The Warriors scored an equalizer in the 54th minute, when Tanner Wolf delivered a free kick into the goal from 42 yards out near the left touch line.

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Course Correction Points Warriors in the Right Direction

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 28th, 2014
2014 Westmont Men's Soccer Team

“We made a conscious decision to choose chemistry over talent,” said Westmont Men’s Soccer head coach Dave Wolf reflecting on the reason for his program’s upward turn. “There are all kinds of other things that happened, which in cumulative effect all contribute to where we are at now, but the foundation of the trajectory was that concept.”

Wolf has an impressive record of 280-131-43 (.661) in his 23 years as Westmont’s head coach, making him the program’s winningest coach. However, in the 2011 and 2012 campaigns, Wolf’s teams produced a total of just eight wins. Last season, the Warriors rebounded with a record of 11-7 overall and 6-4 in Golden State Athletic Conference play.

In a candid interview, the coach shared his perspective on the experiences that brought about the renewal.

Crosstown Rivalry Goes to Gauchos

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 23rd, 2014
Genaro Hurtado

The 52nd meeting of Westmont and UC Santa Barbara in the Bryant and Sons cup saw the Gauchos post a 2-0 victory over the Warriors. UCSB now holds a 25-23-4 advantage in the series.

The Warriors’ started the game with a lot of intensity and had their best chance to score in the second minute when Jonathan Yeeles fired off a shot from 24 yards out that went just wide.

“I thought it was the sharpest start I have seen in a very long time,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “That is part of the disappointment. I felt like we were really up for it and really able to compete in the game. When it started getting away from us, we couldn’t get out of it. We were in that mode for a 20-25 minute period. We didn’t seem to have the capability to turn that around.”

The Gaucho’s first goal came in the 13th minute. Reed McKenna fired a shot that was saved by Westmont goalkeeper Josh Glover. Unfortunately, the rebound came back to McKenna who put the ball in the back of the net.

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