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  • Sunday, September 14

    • Women's Soccer
      • Concordia (Ore.) vs. Kan. Wesleyan
        At Westmont, 10:30 am
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#1 Cavaliers Edge #2 Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 12th, 2014
Kaci Mexico

It was an epic battle women’s soccer between the two top-ranked teams in the NAIA at Thorrington Field on Friday afternoon in front of more than 500 excited fans. In the end, top-ranked Concordia of Oregon (6-0-1) defended its number one ranking with a 2-1 win over second-ranked Westmont (5-1) in the NAIA Game of the Week.

“These are the ones that don’t make you feel very good,” said Westmont head coach Kristy Kiely, “the ones where you feel like you executed the game plan well, but you still don’t walk away with a win.”

The Warriors outshot the Cavaliers 16-12 (7-5 on goal) and held a 13-2 corner kick advantage. However, Westmont was unable to capitalize on the abundance of its chances.

“It’s the best start the team had all season,” noted Kiely. “They kept the ball for a long time. But, you have to score goals in this game. We had 13 corners and nothing to show for it. We missed a couple of sitters. Those things came back to haunt us later in the game, along with a couple of mistakes in the back.”

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Warriors Defend #2 Ranking with Win over #3 Lindsey Wilson

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 5th, 2014
Westmont's Malory Mitchell

A pair of goals in the first 20 minutes propelled #2 Westmont (5-0) to a 2-0 win over #3 Lindsey Wilson of Kentucky (2-1) in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Game of the Week. The Warriors outshot the Blue Raiders 11-9 but more importantly, notched a 7-2 shots-on-goal advantage.

“There were so many good performances,” said Westmont head coach Kristy Kiely. “I thought Courtney (Stonesifer) and Christine (Adams) brought a lot of pressure down the right side to start the game. I thought our middle with Brooke (Lillywhite), Tiffany (Dimaculangan) and Kaci (Mexico) was fantastic. Tiff has done a lot of important work that doesn’t make it into the stat sheet. I’m really proud of her.

“Kelsie Steck did a great job running up top for us for a lot of minutes. Malory Mitchell has shown a lot of leadership as a senior captain and has been a part of a lot of goals as of late.”

Adams put the ball in the goal in the seventh minute of play, giving the Warriors a 1-0 advantage.

[box score] [photos courtesy Lindsey Wilson]

Road Rally

Submitted by: Ron Smith - 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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Wildcats Tamed by Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 30th, 2014
Kelsey Steck

For the second game in a row, Malory Mitchel scored two goals as #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (3-0) posted a 2-0 win over the visiting Wildcats (1-1) of Baker (Kan.). In three games, the Warriors have outscored their opponents 10-1.

“Mal has had a couple of good games and I am proud of her as a senior captain,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “On the second goal she got on the ball, beat a few players (on the dribble) and finished so nicely at the near post.”

Mitchell’s first goal came in the 16th minute after a shot on goal by sophomore Grace Lemley from the right side rebounded off Baker goalkeeper Rachel Theobald. Mitchell, playing on the left, collected the ball and delivered into the net from six yards out.

“It was nice to get the goal relatively early to settle in a little bit,” said Kiely. “We haven’t been starting games great, so that was nice to be able to do.

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Mitchell Strikes Twice in Warrior Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 23rd, 2014
Kaci Mexico, Tiffany Dimaculangan and Carly Richardson celebrate Malory Mitchell's (second from right) second goal of the game.

Senior forward Mallory Mitchell had a pair of goals on Saturday morning at Russ Carr Field to lead #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (2-0) to a 4-1 win over the visiting Eagles (1-2) of Northwest (Wash.). The Warriors scored three times in a seven minute span during the second half to secure the win.

Mitchell’s first goal came in the 26th minute when she headed in a ball that was crossed from the left corner by senior forward Carly Holly. The ball was initially blocked by Northwest goalkeeper Patty Hughes, but hit the ground and spun backward into the net.

The Eagles responded in the 30th minute with a goal by Acacia Johnson. Johnson dribbled up the center of the field and past Westmont goalkeeper Lauren Dorr, scoring into an empty net.

“We were all unsatisfied with the first half,” noted Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “(Northwest) has a quick front player in Johnson. We had the scout on her and had a game plan, but we didn’t stick to it.

“In the second half we made some adjustments and encouraged the team to go forward. We had a lot of success doing so.”

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Second Ranked Warriors Prevail over Spartans

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 19th, 2014
Sophie Judd

The 2014 Westmont Women’s Soccer season kicked off today at Thorrington Field with a 4-0 victory over the Spartans (1-3) of Trinity Western (B.C.). The Warriors learned earlier in the day that they were ranked at number two in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

“I thought Sophie Judd was fantastic in the back and at moments kept us in the game. Tiffany (Dimaculangan) was great in the middle and I thought Kaci (Mexico) was great up top, holding the ball for us.”

Sofia Smati struck first with what Kiely referred to as a ‘fantastic goal’ in the ninth minute of play. The senior forward corralled a loose ball and fired away from 23 yards out to record the first goal of the Warriors’ season.

Westmont went up 2-0 in the 29th minute after sophomore Grace Lemley crossed the ball from the right side in an attempt to connect with senior forward Carly Holly. A Spartan defender attempted to intercept the ball, but her header redirected the ball into the net for an own goal.

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Warriors Eyeing a Sandy Finish

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 18th, 2014
2014 Westmont Women's Soccer

“It was more about the metaphor than about the fitness,” reflected Westmont Women’s Soccer head coach Kristi Kiely. She was referring to an early morning run along Santa Barbara’s East Beach during the Warriors’ pre-season training camp.

“We started them off 10 seconds apart,” continued Kiely. “The only instruction they got was to, ‘catch the person in front of you and don’t be caught by the person behind you’ – and that they would know when they were finished. They didn’t know how far they were going or that (assistant coach) Dan (Ribbens) was a mile down the beach.”

“When they reached Dan, I asked them a handful of questions about their experience on the run,” reported Kiely. “They responded about feeling great when they saw Dan, focusing on not being caught and looking behind.

“Then we sent them back up the beach with the same instructions. I again asked them the same questions and loved Christine Adams’ response. ‘The second time around it is better because you know the destination and are more likely to encourage the people around. You aren’t looking behind you but you are looking straight ahead at the goal.’

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

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2014

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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