October 26, 2013
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Master’s College women’s soccer team needed a break.
After a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to Westmont on Tuesday, TMC got their break in the Grand Canyon State on Saturday afternoon by shutting out GSAC foe Arizona Christian 3-0.
“Towards the end of the year it is easy to take games for granted and not take care of business,” commented women’s soccer head coach Curtis Lewis. “Credit goes to ACU for being organized defensively. I was really proud of the way our girls handled a long road trip in the middle of the busy semester and make it out of there with a win.”
The No. 15 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs’ 13th win of the season began in the first half when Jasmine Benson (Corona, CA) scored 40 minutes into play off an assist from Tara Struiksma (Ontario, CA).
“We were able to break them down and score one right before half,” assessed Lewis of the first half.
With a 1-0 lead at the half, the Lady Mustangs entered the break by outshooting ACU 8-1.
After the break at the 62:54 mark, Benson struck again off another Struiksma assist, putting TMC up 2-0.
With 11 minutes left on the clock, Katie Farris (Santa Clarita, CA) capitalized off an assist from Whitney Gomillion (Lancaster, CA), putting the match out of reach at 3-0.
Lewis further assessed the win by saying, “In the second half we really stepped up the pressure and created a lot of good chances.”
Benson led the Mustangs with 4 shots, 4 shots on goal, and 2 goals. Over the course of 90 minutes, Ilyssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA), Lady Mustang goalkeeper displayed another fantastic performance, paving the way for TMC’s 10th shutout.
With the win, TMC's overall record now sits at 13-3 and 5-3 in conference play.
Now, the Lady Mustangs will close out their regular season schedule against two nationally ranked teams this Tuesday and Saturday: No. 11 Concorida, and No. 23 Biola.
The Concordia Eagles will travel to Santa Clarita to take on the Lady Mustangs on Tuesday in a 3:00 p.m. match. Saturday’s match against Biola will take place at 12:30 p.m. at Reese Field.
“We have two very difficult home games coming up,” said Lewis. “I'm really excited about seeing how we handle that test.”