The fall sports season is in full swing once again at La Verne, and with autumn comes the ideal weather for studying, social activities and of course, athletics.
With new head coach Andy Ankeny at the helm of the Leopards football program this season, there is a lot enthusiasm swirling around the new year.
“We feel good about the season,” offensive coordinator Mike Preston said. “We have a new scheme we are using, and we’re getting used to it.”
The Leopards lost their first game last Saturday against the Puget Sound Loggers, 21-7.
ULV will face off against Whitworth in their home opener at Ortmayer Stadium on Saturday with the kickoff at 1 p.m.
The team then will then host Cal Lutheran Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Soccer
The soccer season has already started, and both ULV teams are hanging tough.
The men’s soccer team was hit with three losses against Puget Sound, Whitman and BYU-Hawaii and one tie against Chaminade.
Yet the men bounced back on Wednesday as they earned their first win of the season over Occidental, 3-2.
The next two games the men’s soccer team will play will be at La Verne, against Redlands on Saturday, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday.
The women’s soccer team is also trying to brush off some early losses to Principia, Linfield and Willamette.
The Leopards lost a 3-0 decision to Occidental on Wednesday, which drops them to 0-4 this year.
Head coach Wendy Zwissler will push her young team to rebound and garner wins on the road against Redlands on Saturday and Claremont on Wednesday.
The Leopards will return to ULV on Sept. 23 to face La Sierra.
Cross country is back this fall with a new head coach and both teams competed in the Irvine International last weekend with the men’s team placing 17th. The women did not place.
“It was chaotic. A lot of things happened that day.” Atwood said of the last minute course changes and confusing paths that the runners had to take.
The Leopards will be competing in the Bulldog Invitational in Redlands on Saturday at 9 a.m.
“This season is a rebuilding one,” said Mike Atwood of the new roster. “We have a lot of new players, and only one runner on the men’s team has returned. We’re aiming to be competitive with the other teams this season.”
Both teams are looking to build upon their young roster to and continue to improve throughout this year.
Men’s Water Polo
The men’s water polo team, also under new leadership this season with head coach Alex La, is marching onward despite a 2-4 record.
The Leopards picked up their two wins against Citrus College and Penn State-Behrend.
The ULV men will enter the Cal Lutheran Tournament weekend and later play in the UC Santa Cruz Tournament.
The volleyball team stands currently with a 3-2 mark after defeating Occidental last Tuesday by sweeping them 3-0.
The women will now head on a road trip to St. Louis, facing Wisconsin-Whitewater as the first of three opponents.
Head coach Don Flora maintains an optimistic view on the season.
“We have quite a few options,” Flora said of his roster. “We’re doing what’s right, day in and day out.”
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