Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
SPOTLIGHT: Soccer unites Westmont after fire
by Paul Kennedy, November 18th, 2008 8AM



Four days after the devastation of the Tea Fire in Montecito, Calif., that destroyed more than 100 homes, including the home of head coach Dave Wolf, and closed down the school, Westmont College regrouped and won the Golden State Athletic Conference men's championship with a 2-0 win at defending national champion Azusa Pacific on Monday that earned the Warriors a berth in the 50th annual NAIA national championship that begins Saturday.

In addition to the baseball/soccer facility, two school buildings, 14 faculty housing residences and the dorm rooms of 50 students were destroyed. One Westmont soccer player lost the home he was renting, another had his dorm room consumed by fire and a third player's dorm room suffered extensive water damage.

Wolf called his brother Phil -- the Azusa Pacific coach -- and got approval to have the game postponed from Saturday even though the NAIA Tournament bids were to made on Sunday. Westmont trained at nearby UC Santa Barbara on Saturday and then headed to Azusa.

The fire has caused Westmont to close the school until Dec. 1. The weekday off allowed about 250 Westmont supporters to travel to Azusa for Monday's game. Azusa Pacific staff fed their visitors with pizza.

Westmont was the sixth seed in the GSAC tournament but won with victories over Vanguard (3-2), Concordia (1-0) and Azusa Pacific. The final was a winner-take-all game -- the loser would not earn an at-large berth in the NAIA Tournament -- drew a record Azusa Pacific crowd of 500.

Harrison Hill and Hugo Pizano scored for the Warriors. Both goals were set up by senior Jonathon Schoff, who lost the home he rented along with six other roommates a mile from campus.

Warriors goalkeeper Justin Etherton made six saves to hold off the Cougars, whose bid for a repeat NAIA title ended.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent College Soccer Reporter
POTW: Goalkeepers sweep NSCAA Division I awards    
Boston University's Matt Gilbert and Kentucky freshman Katelyn Jensen were named the recipients of the NSCAA ...
Collegians are in Germany with U.S. U-19s    
Collegians provided half of the 20-player roster for the U.S. U-19 national team that is in ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25    
There is no change at the top of the weekly Soccer America Men's Top 25 rankings ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
North Carolina held on to the top spot in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 rankings ...
Men's Week 6: Three things we learned this weekend    
German Fabian Herbers continued his streak of recording a goal or assist in every game as ...
Penn State's Lee gets Guam call for World Cup qualifying    
Penn State junior defender Nate Lee has been called up by the Guam national team for ...
Conference Watch: Big Ten women's race gets tighter    
Penn State has won or shared 16 of the last 17 Big Ten regular-season women's titles, ...
Video Pick: Virginia's Foss dials long distance    
Virginia players know how to score goals. Last week, Derrick Etienne went through half of the ...
U.S. Merchant Marine's Smolens earns 300th win    
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's coach Michael Smolens earned his 300th career victory when the Mariners ...
Wake Forest is first in opening Men's Soccer RPI    
Wake Forest is No. 1 in the NCAA's first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of the 2015 ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives