Eagles Fly Past Lady Mustangs
October 29, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – With 5 minutes left in regulation play, Concordia’s Carly Mottram scored off a Lauren Nanez assist, giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead over The Master’s College women’s soccer team.
As the clock trickled down, the No. 15 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs were unable to answer back, forcing the squads’ fourth loss of the season. TMC’s overall record now sits at 13-4 and 5-4 in GSAC play.
“We have to get stronger mentally at the end of games,” commented Lady Mustang head coach Curtis Lewis. “This is now the 3rd time this year that we have made mental mistakes to kill us off.”
Despite the loss, the Lady Mustangs started strong when McKinley Kane (Newhall, CA) assisted Jessica Long (Wailuku, HI) for a 1-0 lead with 15:40 left in the first half.
“I was really happy for Jessica to score and play well today as her parents flew in from Hawaii to watch her play,” said Lewis. “Especially in the first half - She was fantastic!”
Not to be outdone, 8th-ranked Concordia’s Megan Daniels answered back 20 seconds later off a Mottram assist, tying the match at 1-1.
From there, a defensive battle ensued with both squads remaining gridlocked until Mottram’s late second half decisive goal.
“Our offensive domination really lacked. We have to get the girls to put the ball in the back of the net to take off the pressure for Ilyssa [Espiritu] and our back line,” further assessed Lewis. “It was a pretty frustrating day, especially for Ilyssa, as I thought she played really well. But that is the life of a goalkeeper, and she has been huge for us this year.”
Long lead TMC with 5 shots, 4 shots on goal, and 1 goal. Both Devon Goff (Canyon Country, CA) and Jordan Benson (Corona, CA) tallied 2 shots, while Natasha Coyle (La Habra, CA) and Gabrielle Arnone (Castaic, CA) each notched 1 shot and 1 shot on goal. Over 90 minutes, Espiritu tallied 11 saves.
Collectively, TMC tallied 12 shots and 6 corner kicks.
Now, the Lady Mustangs are tasked to rebound against Biola on Saturday in a 12:30 p.m. GSAC showdown at Reese Field. Also on Saturday, the Lady Mustangs will recognize their six senior athletes in their final regular-season home match.
“We have a huge game for us on Saturday,” said Lewis. “My hope is that we can find our offensive power again and get ready for playoffs.”