Group Effort Dashes Hope
October 6, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. – Taking to the road for the second time in over a month, the NAIA’s 22nd ranked Lady Mustangs (9-1-2; 4-0 GSAC) squared off against Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) rival Hope International (5-6-1; 0-4 GSAC) in a Saturday afternoon matinee. The conference showdown pitted the mentality of “all to gain” against “nothing to lose” as the Lady Mustangs entered the match looking to maintain a five game winning streak, while the Royals sought to snap their four game losing streak.
Seven minutes into the match, TMC’s senior defender Kristyn Richards (Lancaster, CA) drew first blood for the Mustangs when the senior midfielder scored her second goal of the year with an assist by Danielle Hollinger (Agua Dulce, CA).
Three minutes before halftime, the TMC squad stretched their lead to 2-0 as junior midfielder Jasmine Benson (Corona, CA) bested HIU goalie Sofia Pacino. Benson’s goal was the fourth of her sophomore campaign with the Mustangs.
With less than three minutes left in the game, Mustang midfielder Devon Goff broke a silent second half and shattered the Royal’s hope for an upset. Launching a header into the Royal’s net, assisted by Shea Richards, Goff not only put the Mustangs up 3-0, but also scored her second goal of the season.
The Lady Mustangs’ offensive onslaught continued when Rachel Myers (Auburn, CA) notched her third goal of the season, assisted by freshman stand-out Tara Struiksma (Ontario, CA), and put the game on ice two minutes before the end of regulation play.
The TMC offensive effort spearheaded the way for the 4-0 victory, outshooting the Royals 15-3 and 9-0 in shots on goal. Not to be outdone, however, the Mustangs’ defense helped anchor the win as goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA) blocked three goals.
Commenting on the Mustang's victory, head coach Curtis Lewis states "It was fantastic to get four different people on the score sheet today. The girls came out and put a full game together. We now have a massive game on Tuesday against a very strong Vanguard team."
The Mustangs‘ ninth win of the season gives them a comfortable seat at the top of the GSAC, tied for the lead with #11 Vanguard University. The showdown will occur on Tuesday, October 9th, at 3:00 PM on Reese Field, when the two teams will attempt to break the first-place conference tie.