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  • Wednesday, Aug. 10

    • W. Soccer at Cal Poly SLO
      7 pm, Scrimmage

  • Saturday, Aug. 13

    • M. Soccer at Loyola Marymount
      7 pm, Scrimmage
    • W. Soccer at UC Santa Barbara
      7 pm, Exhibition

  • Thursday, Aug. 18

    • Volleyball at Biola Summer Slam
        WC vs. Eastern Oregon, 10 am
        WC vs. Great Falls, 4 pm

  • Friday, Aug. 19

    • Volleyball at Biola Summer Slam
        WC vs. Montana Tech, 8 am
        WC vs. Col. of Idaho, 12 pm

  • Saturday, Aug. 20

    • W. Soccer at Marymount, 6 pm
    • M. Soccer at UC Santa Barbara
      7 pm, Exhibition

  • Wednesday, Aug. 24

    • Volleyball vs. So. Oregon
      5 pm at Hope Int'l

  • Friday, Aug. 26

    • Volleyball at Master's Classic
        WC vs. Oregon Tech, 10 am
        WC vs. Life Pacific, 12:30 pm

  • Saturday, Aug. 27

    • M. Soccer hosts Antelope Vly., 3:30 pm
    • W. Soccer at Benedictine
        8 pm CDT/6 pm PDT

  • Sunday, Aug. 28

    • W. Soccer at Baker
        7 pm CDT/5 pm PDT

Women’s Soccer Signs Stellar Eight

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - July 1st, 2016
Sarah Newton (top left), Brooke Porter (top right), Isabelle Esber (second row), Madeleine Berthoud (second row), Haley Johnson (third row), Kira Nemeth (third row), Avalon Albright (fourth row), and Katelyn Merrell (fourth row).

By Kaci Mexico
July 1, 2016

After graduating six seniors this past season, head coach Chantel Cappuccilli is proud to fill the Westmont Women’s Soccer roster with eight well-rounded and impressive incoming freshmen – Sarah Newton from Anchorage, Alaska, Kira Nemeth from San Clemente, Calif., Brooke Porter from San Bernardino, Calif., Avalon Albright from Edmonds, Wash., Katelyn Merrell from Tustin, Calif., Madeleine Berthoud from Rowley, Mass., Haley Johnson from Fullerton, Calif., and Isabelle Esber from Columbus, Ohio.

Cappuccilli reflected on the addition of this incoming class and said, “Our 2016 class adds a diverse flavor to our program – four Southern California players, four from out-of-state (Wash., Mass., Ohio, Alaska), two Valedictorian’s, two worship leaders, a number having experienced international missions trips, a Division Player of the Year, multiple 1st Team All-Conference selections, a multi-sport champion, and highly held GPAs and extracurriculars. In my time at Westmont I’ve come to see the quality of person Westmont attracts in its athletic and academic arenas. I believe the 2016 class falls perfectly under Westmont’s astute reputation and character qualities; it’s safe to say this group is something unique and will enhance the overall mission of the college and our women’s soccer program.”

Sarah Newton, a 5’6 midfielder/forward played club soccer for the Alaska Rush. Her team finished second in the Alaska State Cup, was President Cup Quarterfinalists, and was Champions of the Far North Invitational. Newton also played for the Alaska ODP team for three years.

Off the field, Newton was a member of the highest honor roll for four years, a member of the National Honors Society for three years, and Valedictorian of the Class of 2016 for Grace Christian School.

“Sarah possesses a sweet sense of determination and desire,” reflected Cappuccilli. “She is determined to enhance whatever setting she is a part of and desires to be fully fervent in that environment as well. Sarah’s character, drive and passion for the game will greatly impact our program and I wholly look forward to having her within our women’s team and the Westmont community.”

Kira Nemeth, a 5’3 midfielder/forward was a three year varsity starter for San Clemente high school. Her sophomore year she earned the scholar athlete award; her junior year she was named to the second-team All-South Coast League, was named a scholar athlete, and earned Most-Improved; and her senior year she was named to the first-team All-South Coast League, named a scholar athlete, was her team’s leading goal scorer with nine goals, and was a team captain.

A Different Perspective

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - June 23rd, 2016
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By Kaci Mexico
June 23, 2016

Right after the end of their highly successful season, the Westmont Women’s soccer team spent most of the spring not only gearing up for the 2016 season, but in preparation for their triennial team missions trip to Uganda, Africa.

This is the fourth mission’s trip that the Westmont Women’s Soccer Program has taken and each trip has been through a sports ministry organization called the Sports Outreach Institute.

The Warriors departed the United States on May 9th, and left Uganda to return home on May 22nd.

Upon arriving back in Santa Barbara, head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the team’s experiences in Uganda.

“What we were told before the trip was to expect God to move, but I don’t think any of us were really anticipating the amount that would occur while we were there,” explained Cappuccilli. “I think that seeing Christianity on a global scale is crucial within the development of faith because it just gives one a different perspective and I think a new perspective is what we came away with.

All-American and Scholar-Athletes Honors for Warriors

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - December 14th, 2015
Kelsey Steck and Brooke Lillywhite

By Kaci Mexico
December 9 2015

Junior midfielder Brooke Lillywhite of Huntington Beach and senior forward Kelsey Steck of Valencia have been named to the 2015 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Team. Additionally, junior defender Sophie Fuller of Orinda was listed for honorable mention recognition.

Steck was both the Warrior’s and the Golden State Athletic Conference’s leading goal scorer with 23 goals. She is currently tied for second, with Karin Sullivan (2003), for goals scored in a season. Additionally, Steck tied Lillywhite’s 2014 record for most goals scored in a game after she scored five goals for the Warriors in their 9-0 win against Arizona Christian. She was honored twice as GSAC Offensive Player of the Week – in the first and third weeks of October. Steck also received the high honor of being named the GSAC Player of the Year.

Warriors Fall in Quarterfinals

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - December 2nd, 2015
Brooke Lillywhite

By Kaci Mexico
December 02 2015

After a largely successful season, #8 Westmont (16-4-2) fell to #1 Lindsey Wilson in one of today’s quarterfinal games in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Tournament. The final score was 4-2.

After 15 minutes of equal possession, Lindsey Wilson’s Lyana Perez scored the first goal of the game from the right corner of the 18 yard box with a rocket shot into the upper right side netting of the goal.

Characteristically, with only 12 seconds left in the half, Westmont responded to the deficit with a goal of their own. After a handball in the box, Westmont was awarded a free kick from the top of the 18 yard box and sophomore Brooke Lillywhite lofted the ball just beneath the crossbar beyond the reach of the Lindsey Wilson goalkeeper.

“I don’t think there was much of a change in the way we approached the game, even after we initially got scored on,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “I felt like we came out after that and actually had the better percentage of possession on the ball, which shows we were willing to fight for it. Again, we were not content with being down 1-0 so I am very proud of them to get a goal in the last few seconds of the first half. I felt like Brooke stepped up and hit that confidently, which sent us into halftime in a good place.”

The two teams remained tied for the first four minutes of the second half until Lindsey Wilson took back the lead in the 49th minute when they scored off of a counter attack. It began when Isobel Dalton quickly advanced with the ball into the Warriors’ defensive half and slipped the ball in behind the defense to Amanda Kander. Kander finished with a slotted shot into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Warriors Advance to Quarterfinals

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 30th, 2015
Jackie Lopez  ( Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
November 30, 2015

It took a pair of back-to-back goals scored in under a minute for #8 Westmont (16-3-2) to prevail over #9 Grace (Ind.) (15-3-3) in a Round of 16 game of the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Tournament. The final score was 2-0.

“My main word for them before the game was, ‘you have to come out with urgency and intensity in the first half and you have to set the tone of the game’,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “I felt they did that in the first half. It was well done to get two early goals and dictate the momentum in the first half. In this tournament, you have to start each game that way.”

The first goal began in the 21st minute when senior Kaitlyn Swift, on the dribble, muscled her way past a Grace defender and bolted down the right sideline towards the end line. She then served a beautiful cross towards the back corner of the six-yard box. Sophomore Jackie Lopez arrived right when the ball did and volleyed it into the right-upper side of the goal for a one-time finish.

Forty seconds later, senior Kelsey Steck scored her 23rd goal of the season in an impressive individual showing. It began when Steck stripped the ball off of the foot of a Lancer defender at 25 yards out. She immediately accelerated towards the goal, with several Lancer defenders on her back. She beat two more lancer defenders while dribbling across the top of the 18-yard box until the Lancer goalkeeper rushed off of the goal line to confront her. She dove, and Steck touched the ball past her hands, calmly slipping the ball into the back of the net.

With this goal, Steck is tied for second, with Karin Sullivan (2003), for number of goals scored in a season.

Warriors to Roll into Alabama after 6-0 Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 21st, 2015
Brooke Lillywhite kicks the ball past the keeper of the Warriors' third goal

Westmont Women’s Soccer (15-3-2) had little trouble advancing to the second round of the NAIA National Championship on Saturday afternoon at Thorrington Field. The eighth-ranked Warriors defeated Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) by a score of 6-0 to punch their ticket to the final site in Orange Beach, Ala.

“It was a strong performance in the opening round of the national tournament,” said Westmont head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “I was very pleased with our consistency over the 90 minutes. No matter who stepped on the field today, I felt like the effort and the mentality were the same. That is a positive thing headed into the round of 16.

The scoring started early for the Warriors when Alanna Richards headed in a corner kick from Angela Brown with just 15 minutes expired from the clock. Kaitlynn Durham earned the corner kick by forcing a ball off of an Eagle’s defender. Brown earned her 10th assist of the season by delivering the ball from the right corner across the face of the goal. Richards scored her fifth goal of the year by heading the ball sharply to the ground where it bounced over the keeper on its way to the opposite side of the net.

Less than three minutes later, Sophie Fuller, who was playing in her first game after sitting out with an injury, dribbled from the back to midfield. Fuller advanced the ball to Brooke Lillywhite on the left side who then redirected it to Kelsey Steck in front of the goal. Steck, left undefended, settled the ball and fired from just inside the top of the box.

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Women’s Soccer to Host Embry-Riddle

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 16th, 2015
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By Kaci Mexico
November 16 2015

The official Opening Round pairings for the 2015 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship have been announced: The #8 Warriors (14-3-2, 7-1-2) will host the Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Eagles (13-3-3, 7-1-2) this coming Saturday.

Though not ranked in the most recent (Nov. 15) Coaches’ Top 25-Poll, the Eagles earned an automatic bid into the National Tournament when they tied UC Merced and then advanced in penalty kicks (5-4) in the California Pacific Conference Championship game.

Their head coach is Todd Poitras and it is his eighth season coaching the women. The team’s top goal scorer is freshman forward Krista Lee with 11 goals on the season. The team is also led by senior forward Kalyn Goodenough who is second on the team in goals (9), assists (5), and points (23). Last season, Goodenough was named CalPac Player of the Year.

The Warriors and Eagles have only played each other once prior to this upcoming game. They met in October of 2006 and the Warriors prevailed with a score of 4-0.

Warriors Named GSAC Champions

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 14th, 2015
Photo by Matthew Cappuccilli

By Kaci Mexico
November 14, 2015

The #8 Westmont Women’s Soccer Team (14-3-2, 7-1-2) claimed the title of Golden State Athletic Conference Champions for the second year in a row when they defeated #13 Biola (14-3-3, 7-1-2) in a decisive win of 3-0.

“This is an overwhelming feeling just because of how hard they have worked all season,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “To see the fruit of their hard work tonight was beautiful and I think it was a testament to what kind of team this is and their ability to do something very difficult. Biola is not an easy team to play against so for us to be able to capitalize on our set pieces and finish our chances on their turf was incredible. I am very elated for the women and they should welcome the feeling of the victory tonight.”

The game was scoreless for the first 35 minutes, until sophomore Jackie Lopez scored back-to-back goals a minute and one half apart. Both goals came off of two masterful set pieces taken by senior Angela Brown.

“On both services, she (Brown) was more than precise,” explained Cappuccilli. “She dropped the ball exactly where it needed to be. She hit the first ball perfectly and it soared towards the top, back corner of the six yard box. Jackie timed her run, and shot near the upper left corner of the goal – a very difficult angle to score from. After the first goal our momentum defiantly shifted in a positive way.

“The second goal came off of a free kick from about 55 yards out. The ball was a perfect distribution in that she hit it so that it curved towards the back post. Again, Jackie was there with perfect timing to capitalize and make a beautiful finish.”

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