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All-American Honors for Warriors

December 17th, 2014
Top: Tiffany Dimaculangan, Sophie Judd. Bottom: Sophie Fuller, Kelsey Steck.

Three Westmont players have been named to the 2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Team and a fourth was listed for honorable mention recognition.

Senior midfielder Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora and senior defender Sophie Judd of Edmonds, Washington were the first team selections. Sophomore defender Sophie Fuller of Orinda received third team honors while junior forward Kelsey Steck of Valencia was tabbed as honorable mention.

Dimaculangan tallied six goals and four assists for the Warriors in 2014 while serving as a key component in the Warrior midfield. Dimaculangan scored game-winning goals against Northwest (Wash.), Hope International and Concordia (Calif.).

Judd, who recorded an assist against William Jessup, started all 20 games for the Warriors. Judd started 82 games of the 83 games during her four-year career, helping to anchor a stingy Warrior defense.

Season Ends in Second Round

December 3rd, 2014
Tiffany Dimaculangan

A lone goal in the 21st minute ultimately brought an end to the 2014 season for Westmont Women’s Soccer (16-4). Playing in the second round of the 2014 NAIA National Tournament, the Warriors struggled offensively and were unable to place any of their six shots on goal.

Martin Methodist from Pulaski, Tennessee (14-5-1) took only three shots in its 1-0 victory that advance the RedHawks to the quarterfinals. Katie Reid scored the game winner on a breakaway after an attempt to clear the ball by a Westmont defender struck Reid and bounced toward the goal.

The RedHawks nearly made it a 2-0 game in the 58th minute, but a spectacular save by Westmont keeper Lauren Dorr kept Caroline Ladaga da Silva’s free kick from scoring. Shooting from 20 yards out, Ladaga da Silva snuck the ball past the wall of Warriors and toward the near post. Dorr dove to her right and knocked the ball from its net-bound trajectory.

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Glover Repeats as GSAC Player of the Week

September 30th, 2014
Josh Glover

For the second week in a row, Westmont goalkeeper Joshua Glover has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Glover recorded two shutouts last week as the 25th-ranked Warriors improved to 5-2-1 on the season and 2-0-1 in conference play.

Against San Diego Christian last Tuesday, Glover tallied seven saves in the 2-0 win. Following the contest, Westmont head coach Dave Wolf reported, “We got one world class save out of Josh on a ball that was headed for the top corner. He made a fingertip, one handed save. Our goals-against average is under one and we have four shutouts on the year.

“Josh is playing at a very high level right now. When you have a goalkeeper playing as good as he is playing, he exudes a confidence that permeates throughout the team. When Josh made that save you could hear the collective sigh of relief on the bench, but there was also a little bit of awe.”

Warriors and Mustangs Battle to Scoreless Tie

September 28th, 2014
Brandon Talsma

After 110 minutes of play, Westmont Men’s Soccer (5-2-1, 2-0-1 GSAC) settled for a 0-0 tie with The Masters (3-5-1, 0-1-1) on Saturday at Thorrington Field. The game was part of a day in which every Golden State Athletic Conference men’s soccer game went into overtime.

“It was a dogfight and probably a fair result today,” said assistant coach Johnny Whallon. “It was good for us to be in a tight, competitive match – an authentic GSAC game. Overall, we played a sound game and simply were unlucky not to get a couple in there.”

Both teams had opportunities to score with a total of 35 shots (21 for the Warriors), but the goalkeepers produced a combined 13 saves to keep the game scoreless. Westmont keeper Josh Glover, who notched five saves, recorded his third shutout. He also has two shared shutouts with freshman teammate Spencer Petty.

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Smelley to be honored as the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character

September 15th, 2014
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley has been honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with its 2014 Coach of Character Award. Smelley is in his 36th year as head coach for Westmont’s track and field and cross country teams.

“What I personally appreciate about Coach Smelley is his consistent pursuit of excellence without compromising the character values he makes the priority of his coaching philosophy,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “He is a fantastic example of how to be competitive and achieve success in athletics while remaining unwavering in a commitment to teach character and being a role model for both student athletes and coaches alike.

“In my 30 year history with the NAIA, I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for this honor,” continued Odell. “Coach Smelley is deeply imbedded in the fabric of all that is great about the NAIA. He was a champion of character before the term became a part of our culture.”

Asked what the award means to him, Smelley replied, “I hope that it reflects a growing faith and living out a faith in Jesus Christ.

[NAIA National Award Day video]

Road Rally

September 4th, 2014
Westmont Women's Soccer celebrates win over Martin Methodist (Tenn.) - Photo courtesy Chris Wells, Lindsey Wilson Sports Information.

Down 1-0 with less than three minutes to play, Westmont’s Malory Mitchell scored her fifth goal of the season sending the contest with #13 Martin Methodist (2-1) into overtime. Nearly four minutes later, Brooke Lillywhite found the back of the net to give #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (5-0) a 2-1 win.

The game was played at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. Tomorrow, the Warriors will take on their third-ranked hosts in what has been designated the NAIA Game of the Week.

Westmont struggled to get its offense going in the first half and found itself fending off five shots by the RedHawks in the first 16 minutes of play. Lauren Dorr recorded five saves in the game to keep the Warriors in the contest.

“I thought (senior defender) Sophie Judd was the player of the game,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiley. “Nothing got past her tonight.”

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Chilin’ for Charity

June 24th, 2014
Cryo

Coach Kirsten Moore was called out to “chill for charity” in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. She rose to the challenge by chillin’ at -220 degrees Fahrenheit for two minutes at The Lab’s cryo-sauna. She has challenged four other NAIA coaches to pay it forward and chill for charity.

Watch the video on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152220300241094

Westmont Retains All-Sports Award, Places 19th in Learfield Cup

June 13th, 2014
GSAC&Learfield-Cup

In a very close result, Westmont Athletics will hold on to the Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award presented by Duke’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach. The Warriors averaged 6.83 points, edging out Concordia by 0.02 points in the final standings.

“The GSAC all-sports award is especially pleasing because it is our second in a row and for me establishes that we are a well-rounded and consistently solid athletic program,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “Our aim is to field competitive teams in every sport we’ve chosen to compete and this award demonstrates that we are doing this.

“I am especially pleased that with success on the field, we were also able to achieve strong results in the classroom,” noted Odell. “The fall semester GPA average for student-athletes was higher than any previous semester. Achieving within the academic rigors of Westmont, while being a full-time athlete, is quite a growing experience. I am quite proud of the way our student-athletes approach their business on and off the field.”

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