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Seven Warriors Honored by SBART

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 27th, 2015
John Moore was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year.

It was a night of celebration at “An Evening with the Athletes” awards show presented by The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (SBART). Six Westmont athletes were awarded the Athlete of the Year Award for their respective sports and John Moore was honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year. The event was held at Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theater.

The recipients of the college division awards are selected by the media from the student-athletes and coaches of the local institutions of higher education – UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Community College and Westmont.

Westmont’s Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora was named the SBART College Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. A two-time NAIA All-American, the senior midfielder recorded six goals and four assists during the fall 2014 campaign. Dimaculangan led her team to both the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Regular Season and Tournament Championships this season and was named to the All-GSAC team. The Warriors advanced to the NAIA National Championship in all four of her years on the team, finishing as national runner-up in 2013.

NAIA All-American Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill was named the SBART College Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year. The sophomore finished 21st in the NAIA National Championship race in Lawrence, Kansas, leading her team to an eighth place finish. Collins also earned All-GSAC honors as the runner-up at the conference championship meet. Collins was competing in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama and was unable to attend the ceremonies.

Cappuccilli Named as Women’s Soccer Coach

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 30th, 2015
Chantel Cappucilli has been named the 11th head coach for Westmont Women's Soccer

Westmont athletic director Dave Odell has announced that Chantel Cappuccilli will take over as the head coach of Westmont women’s soccer. Cappuccilli, who has served as an assistant coach under Kristi Kiely for the past two seasons, becomes the program’s 11th coach in what will be it is 34th season. Kiely announced her resignation last month in order to take an assistant coach position at the University of Arkansas.

“We had a very large applicant pool as our program is considered a top tier opportunity for many,” said Odell. “In the process of considering other applicants, I became more and more certain that the right choice for Westmont was right under our noses.”

“Truly, I am speechless,” said Cappuccilli. “I abound in thankfulness and could not be more excited to lead the women’s program. Thank you to our athletic director, Dave Odell, and Westmont faculty and staff who were a part of the selection process. Also, thank you to Kristi Kiely for showing me what it means to be a woman of faith, integrity and grace while leading a group of women on and off the soccer field.”

Cappuccilli attended Saint Mary’s (Calif.) where she played NCAA Division I soccer for two seasons. After her sophomore year, Cappuccilli transferred to California Baptist. Sidelined with an injury for the 2010 season, Cappuccilli finished out her career at California Baptist in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Cappuccilli holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and sports management from California Baptist.

Kiely Resigns, Headed to Arkansas

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 26th, 2015
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After five years at the helm of Westmont Women’s Soccer, head coach Kristi Kiely has announced her resignation. Kiely posted a record of 65-26-10 (.693) at Westmont and took the program to the NAIA National Championship the last four years. In 2014, the Warriors finished as NAIA national runner-up under Kiely’s guidance.

“Coach Kiely’s accomplishments on the field in her five years are considerable, but she will be remembered more by me for what she accomplished relationally in the lives of our student-athletes and how she created an amazing culture,” said athletic director Dave Odell. “The young women she recruited to our institution are leaders and fit nicely into the overall mission of the school. Her team consistently led our athletic program in team GPA and also found the time to give back to our community.”

Kiely’s association with Westmont began in the fall of 2001 when then Kristi Peich wore number five as a freshman and started all 19 games. During her four years as a player, Kiely was a part of three National Championship team (2001, 2002, 2003).

As coach, Kiely was named the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after the Warriors claimed a share of the GSAC regular season championship and won the GSAC Tournament. Under Kiely’s watch, 12 Warriors have been named NAIA All-Americans and 20 have earned All-GSAC honors.

All-American Honors for Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - 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

Submitted by: Ron Smith - 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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Warriors Roll into Second Round

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 23rd, 2014
Brooke Lillywhite

Westmont Women’s Soccer (16-3), the fourth ranked team in the NAIA and the seventh seed in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, has advanced to the second round of the tournament with a 5-0 win over the Braves of Ottawa (Kan.)

The Warriors dominated time of possession and took 30 shots to Braves’ seven while putting 18 of their attempts on goal. Westmont sophomore midfielder Brooke Lillywhite participated in all five goals, scoring two and garnering three assists.

The first goal came in the just the fourth minute of play. Lillywhite forwarded a ball past two defenders as senior forward Kaci Mexico broke for the goal. Mexico dribbled left and then fired from eight yards out into the upper back netting.

In the 29th minute, sophomore defender Grace Lemley crossed a ball from the left sideline to Lillywhite in the center of the field. Lillywhite flicked it on to junior forward Kelsey Steck who scored from five yards out to make the score 2-0.

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Women’s Soccer to Host Ottawa in Opening Round

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 18th, 2014
Women's Soccer Logo Final

Westmont Women’s Soccer (15-3), ranked at number four in the final NAIA National Coaches Poll, has been seeded seventh in the NAIA National Championship and will host Ottawa of Kansas (12-2-6) in an opening round game on Saturday. Kick-off has been scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Ottawa is coached by Marc Gordon who is in his fifth year with the Braves. Gordon led this year’s team to a second place finish in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a record of 7-0-2. In the championship game of the KCAC tournament, Ottawa tied Kansas Wesleyan 1-1 in the final game, but claimed an automatic berth in the national championship by prevailing in penalty kicks 4-2.

The Braves have tallied 13 shutouts this season with sophomore goalkeepers Erin Stengel and Samantha Gitmed credited with nine and four shutouts respectively. Stengle has a goals-against average of 0.34 while Gitmeds is 0.47. Ottawa has outscored its opponents 35-8 this season. The Braves have allowed just two goals in their last 12 games.

The Braves have not lost since September 24 when they fell 2-0 to Baker (Kan.) – the only common opponent between Westmont and Ottawa. Westmont defeated Baker 2-0 on August 30 in a game played on Thorrington Field.

Warriors Win GSAC Crown

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 14th, 2014
2014 GSAC Tournament Champions

Goals by Tiffany Dimaculangan and Sofia Smati led #5 Westmont Women’s Soccer to a 2-1 win over #10 Vanguard (16-3-1) as the Warriors claimed the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship. As a result of the win, Westmont (15-3) received the GSAC’s automatic berth into the NAIA National Championship.

“I am thankful that we won in the way that we did,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “It gives us a lot of momentum moving into what will no doubt be a tough game next Saturday. I am really proud of the seniors. This is the product of several years of hard work by a lot of individuals.”

The Warriors, who are expected to host a first round game, will learn their opening national tournament opponent on Monday.

Regarding today’s GSAC Championship game, Kiely reflected, “I think our team was good for about 80 minutes of the game, but it was enough. There was a span of about 10 minutes were we gave up some good opportunities. Other than that, I thought we were fantastic. I thought the players worked very hard.”

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