Three members of the Westmont women’s soccer team netted goals on Saturday, helping the No. 7 Warriors net a 3-0 win over No. 12 Vanguard.
This is Westmont’s first win over Vanguard since 2015. With the win, Westmont (9-1-1, 4-0-0) also takes complete control of first place atop the GSAC standings.
The Lions were the more aggressive team at the start on Saturday, maintaining possession throughout the first 30 minutes, and even outshooting the Warriors 7-2.
Yet, it was Bri Johnson who struck first with a goal for Westmont in the 38th minute. This is her fifth goal in the last three games and Johnson now leads the team with eight goals.
In the 74th minute, Johnson assisted on the next goal, finding Isabelle Berthoud who netted her seventh goal of the season.
An insurance goal from freshman Chase Sprink in the 89th minute sealed the win for Westmont. The 20-yard chip shot was Sprink’s first career goal.
Westmont will host Hope International (6-7, 1-2) at 3:00 p.m on Wednesday.
WESTMONT 3, VANGUARD 0
The No. 4 Westmont men’s soccer team got three goals from three different players to defeat Vanguard at home for the first time since 2013.
The Warriors scored their first goal in the 13th minute after a series of deflections off landed the ball at the foot of Samuel Tuscano whose shot bounced off a defender, into the net.
In the 41st minute, after Vanguard failed to clear the ball, Owen Bates found the back of the net to put Westmont in front 2-0.
Less than a minute later, senior Lucky Puengrod showed off his ball skills and powered through a goal.
This is Westmont’s (9-1, 3-0) sixth shutout of the season.
The Warriors will host Hope International at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Thorrington Field.
THE MASTER’S 3, WESTMONT 1
Westmont won the first set on Saturday but would win no more as The Master’s bounced back to earn a four-set win with scores of 17-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-22.
With the loss, the No. 17 Warriors (17-4, 8-2) are still first place atop the GSAC standings but only by half a game.
This is also Westmont’s second loss in its last five matches.
Senior outside hitter Cassidy Rea and junior outside hitter Hali Galloway led the Warriors in kills with 15 and 11, respectively.
Keelyn Kistner recorded 24 assists to lead the team. Lauren Friis tallied 20 digs and Cheney added 17.
Lexi Malone led with eight blocks while Patty Kerman had six.
Westmont will travel to Hope International for a match at 7 p.m. on Friday.
NEW SBCC COACH
Nathan Jackmon, a Santa Barbara native, will return home to coach the SBCC men’s tennis team the school announced on Saturday.
“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun coaching here and I’m super excited. I really look forward to getting this program to the top,” Jackmon said.
Jackmon played his high school tennis at Santa Barbara and was a part of a Dons program that won four consecutive CIF championships. He also won the 1993 CIF doubles title alongside partner Jason Merrin.
Jackmon played at UC Berkeley where he eventually became a No. 1 singles player and played on the ATP Pro Circuit for three years.
Jackmon will hope to bring the tennis program back to relevance as it has only earned one conference title in the last 29 seasons and has not had a winning season since 2013. SBCC won a state title in 1989.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Joseph Pearlman of Dos Pueblos High School ran a 15:47 on Saturday at the Clovis Invitational to finish 3rd in the Varsity Boys Large School race, medaling in a tournament that has some of the state’s best runners.
Santa Barbara High’s Joseph Ballentine finished 21st in that race with a time of 16:20. His goal coming into the invite was to finish among the top-25, which he accomplished.
As a team, Dos Pueblos finished 19th out of 35 competiting teams while Santa Barbara finished 30th.
On the Chargers girl’s side, freshman Phoebe Wolfe Lyons finished in 37th place with a time of 19:57 in the Varsity Girls Large School race.
The Dons were led by a pair of season bests from sophomores Clara Aviani and Elena Everest with times of 21:35 and 22:14, respectively.
As a team, DP finished in 20th while Santa Barbara finished in 31st.