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November 6, 2013
Vanguard University senior forward Jordan Davidson has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year to highlight four Lions named to the all-conference team in women's soccer. Davidson, the GSAC Player of the Year and a first-team NAIA All-American as a junior after transferring from a community college in Arizona, has 11 goals and seven assists for the No. 11-ranked Lions, who take a 15-3 record into Thursday's GSAC Tournament semifinal at Westmont. Senior Kayla Arenas, who leads the Lions with 14 goals and six assists, made the team as a forward, while junior midfielder Jen Martin and sophomore defender Ashley McCutcheon are the other Vanguard honorees.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 5, 2013
Compliments of a Golden State Athletic Conference sponsor, Vanguard University sophomore Ashley McCutcheon was one of four Lions awarded an embroidered backpack for making the all-conference women's soccer team on Tuesday. The gift, accepted before the first round of the GSAC tournament against Biola, was completely appropriate, as McCutcheon proceeded to shoulder much of the load in a 1-0 victory on Vanguard's newly completed turf field. McCutcheon, a defender who Vanguard Coach Randy Dodge unabashedly calls the best player on the team, headed in the only tally off a Jen Martin corner kick in the 51st minute.
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October 29, 2013
The Vanguard University women's basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Division I preseason poll released on Tuesday. Coach Russ Davis' Lions, who were 26-4 and reached the NAIA quarterfinals last season, received four of 10 first-place votes and totaled 243 points. No. 2-ranked Oklahoma City received three first-place votes and 238 points. Westmont, the reigning NAIA and Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season champion, is ranked third (231 points). No. 4-ranked Georgetown (Ky.)
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By Barry Faulkner | October 8, 2013
It may have been two teams straddling the middle of the road in the Golden State Athletic Conference, but the women's volleyball units from No. 16-ranked Westmont College and host Vanguard University, ranked No. 18, are also among the top NAIA programs in the country. Perhaps fittingly, the road to success for the victorious Lions on Tuesday night was funneling their offense as close to dead center as possible. Sophomore middle blockers Sarah McKinny and Stephanie Flores combined for more than half of Vanguard's kills to key a 16-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 GSAC triumph that lifts the Lions (14-5, 3-3 in conference)
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By Barry Faulkner | October 2, 2013
LA MIRADA - Randy Dodge is still looking for a home away from home. It's safe to say the Vanguard University men's soccer coach can cross Biola University off the list of sites that are standing in for the Lions' on-campus facility, which is still awaiting completion of turf instillation. Visiting Westmont thumped the Lions, 2-0, on Tuesday at Biola in the Golden State Athletic Conference opener for both schools. It was the first "home" game on the schedule for Vanguard, which plays host to Hope International on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Santa Ana Community College.
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By Barry Faulkner | October 1, 2013
LA MIRADA - An achievement eight years in the making for Vanguard University women's soccer coach Randy Dodge all but vanished in the span of 90 ill-fated minutes on Tuesday afternoon. The Lions, who had won their first seven contests to, for the first time in school history, move atop the NAIA coaches' poll released Tuesday afternoon, played like a team with a target on its back in a 3-0 loss to Westmont at Biola. The Golden State Athletic Conference opener marked the first loss in 13 contests against conference foes for the Lions, who were a perfect 10-0 in conference last season, then won two games to pocket the GSAC Tournament crown on their way to an NAIA quarterfinal appearance and an 18-2-1 record.
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September 17, 2013
The Vanguard University women's soccer team is ranked No. 2 in the NAIA coaches' poll for the second straight week. The Lions (5-0) moved up two spots and received four first-place votes to match the highest ranking in program history last week. The Lions were also ranked No. 2 last season. Vanguard ranks among the top 10 nationally in major offensive categories. Lindsey Wilson of Kentucky is ranked No. 1. The Lions beat No. 17-ranked William Carey University, 3-2, in Orange Beach, Ala. on Friday.
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September 17, 2013
Vanguard University freshman Juan Arellano has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Lions' sophomore Luca Licciardi was named Defensive Player of the Week in men's soccer. Both played key roles in a 3-0 upset of then-top-ranked Mobile on Saturday in Alabama. Arellano, a midfielder, had one goal and one assist against Mobile. Licciardi, a goalkeeper, had two saves in the shutout against Mobile. He had four saves in a 1-0 loss to William Carey on Friday, as William Carey scored its lone goal on a deflection.
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August 7, 2013
Vanguard University athletics unveiled new logos on Wednesday. The primary image is a lions' head, with Vanguard Lions printed below. The Lion, shown looking straight on, has its mouth open, exposing teeth and fangs. The alternate logo features an interlocking V and U. - From staff reports
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 31, 2013
Vanguard University has named a new president, appointing its dean of spiritual formation, Michael Beals, to fill the position that had been vacant since June. Beals will be the university's 10th president, following Carol Taylor who left the college to take a job as president-elect of Evangel University, another Christian college, in Springfield, Mo. Vanguard formed a presidential search committee in March and announced Wednesday that it had settled on Beals, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa college.
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