September 19, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The Lady Mustangs (5-1-2) had two ingredients that the Bethesda Flames (1-4-1) did not in Wednesday’s match: substitutes and goals. At the end of two halves, the Lady Mustangs notched 43 shots, including 26 on goal, to take a 9-0 win in a match that pitted a high-powered offense against a team that was barely able to field a full 11-person roster.
Wednesday’s win was valuable for more reasons than the scoreboard revealed. With his team playing its first game in nine days, Coach Curtis Lewis found himself in a position to get 20 of his eligible players valuable playing time.
“We were able to get many girls in and receive repetitions,” Lewis said. “It was also a good opportunity to give our starters a break as we are entering into conference play very soon.”
On top of the nine unanswered goals scored by the Mustangs, Lewis and his coaching staff scored a goal that was relatively unknown to the spectators on the sideline.
“Our largest goal entering today’s game was to stop making bad habits. After 10 minutes of play we were able to tweak our offensive schemes and make necessary changes.”
In the 13th minute, the Mustangs increased their lead to 2-0 with a goal by Janelle Sulivan (Riverside, CA) assisted by Jessica Long (Wailuku, HI). Just three minutes before halftime, Kaili Sholin (Soldotna, AK) capitalized off an assist from Ashlea Andrade (Las Vegas, NV) and put the Mustangs up 3-0.
The remainder of the game spawned identical defensive results for the Mustangs as the Flames were held to a statistically “perfect” match.
Giannina Loza (Corona, CA) led the Mustangs with six shots and one goal. Notably, Rachel Meyers (Auburn, CA) hit on both of her shots en route to a two-goal performance.
With a difficult GSAC schedule knocking on the door, the Lady Mustangs know that the outcome of Wednesday’s match will likely not occur again this season. TMC will return to the pitch on September 25, as conference rival Biola (2-3-1) visits Reese Field in a 4:00 PM match.