Lady Mustangs Halt Hawks
October 19, 2013
EL CAJON, Calif. – The last three weeks have been a rollercoaster ride for The Master’s College women’s soccer team.
On October 1, the Lady Mustangs opened GSAC play with 2-0 victory over Biola, and a 4-0 win over Arizona Christian four days later. TMC was then silenced by a 1-4 road loss against Concordia. Shortly after that, the Lady Mustangs rebounded against Hope International with a 2-0 victory, but dropped a double overtime heartbreaker against Vanguard last Wednesday.
Today, the rollercoaster ride continued with a 1-0 victory over San Diego Christian College on the road in El Cajon. The win brings the 15th-ranked Lady Mustangs’ overall record to 12-2, and 4-2 in conference play.
“Credit to SDCC as they are a team that really works for their coach,” commented TMC women’s soccer head coach Curtis Lewis. “I am really proud of the girls and the effort they input our system the second half. This was an important win at this point of the season.”
The first half was relatively quiet as the Hawks outshot the Lady Mustangs 5-7. Notably, both TMC’s and SDCC’s goalkeepers notched two saves in the first stanza.
“I feel like we had an ok first half, but really didn't create much offensively,” assessed Lewis.
After the break, the Lady Mustangs recalibrated their efforts and were able to create a harvest of scoring opportunities, which cumulated with a Natasha Coyle (La Habra, CA) decisive goal off an assist from Gabrielle Arnone (Castaic) at the 87:59 mark.
“In the second half, we really started playing our system and were able to create a lot of opportunities,” further commented Lewis. “We pushed forward with numbers and we were rewarded with two minutes to go. Gabby hit a driven ball across field, Tasha ran well, and was able to slot it home.”
Overall, Coyle led TMC with 5 shots, 3 shots on goal, and 1 goal, while Jasmine Benson (Corona, CA) tallied 4 shots and 1 shot on goal. Sarah Hall (Yuba City, CA) claimed 3 shots and two shots on goal. Defensively, Lady Mustang goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA) anchored the squad’s defensive efforts with four saves en route to the 1-0 shutout.
Now, the rollercoaster ride continues when Westmont, the nation’s 3rd-ranked squad, pulls into Placerita Canyon on Wednesday for a 3:00 PM match at Reese Field. Currently the Warriors boast a 10-0-3 (4-0-2 GSAC) overall record.
“Westmont is a fantastic team,” commented Lewis on the squad’s next match. “We are really looking forward to testing ourselves against one of the best in the nation.”