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TMC Insider: Full week of fall athletics

Seasons open for men’s soccer, women’s volleyball

Posted: August 25, 2013 10:15 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2013 10:15 p.m.

Last week, The Master’s College got its fall sports season started with women’s soccer. This week, two more teams began their seasons with men’s soccer and women’s volleyball both traveling to compete in tournaments.

The 2013 athletic season is now in full swing at TMC.

Women’s Soccer

A ferocious offensive onslaught coupled with a tight defensive effort led The Master’s College women’s soccer team to a 7-0 victory over the Jamestown College (N.D.) Jimmies Thursday afternoon at the 2013 Westminster Tournament in Salt Lake City.

Jordan Benson led the Lady Mustangs with seven shots, five shots on goal and four goals. Jasmine Benson followed with five shots and four shots on goal, while Aletheia Stroup and Julia Bruton each tallied three shots.

On Saturday, the Lady Mustangs returned to Dumke Field and took on tournament host Westminster.

After a silent first half, Jasmine Benson assisted Devon Goff for the game-winning goal at the 69:04 mark in Saturday’s match.

By the end of the match, Benson tallied three shots, three shots on goals and one assist, while Goff claimed two shots, two shots on goal, and the day’s lone goal. Highlighting the Lady Mustangs’ defense was goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu, who saved three Westminster shots on goal. In total, TMC tallied 12 shots and 11 shots on goal, surpassing Westminster’s eight shots and three shots on goal.

With the win, The Master’s College’s overall record now sits at a spotless 3-0. Notably, the Lady Mustangs have outscored their opponents 12-0 in those games.

Next up for the Lady Mustangs is a road trip to Arizona where they will face Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

For the second year in a row, The Master’s College men’s soccer team dropped its season opener. This time, it was to Jamestown College as the Jimmies blanked the Mustangs 1-0 with a score late in second half in Salt Lake City.

Jamestown’s George Gauld’s game-winning shot, capping off a 5-2 shots-on-goal advantage for the Jimmies, came off a cross from teammate Dominic O’Connor and beat Mustang goalie Kyle Cunningham from eight yards out with 4:40 remaining. TMC was unable to answer back.

Both of the Mustangs’ shots on goal came in the first half off the feet of sophomore midfielder Joey Mikulas and sophomore forward Austin Rochow, who fired shots at the 25:36 and 28:23 marks, respectively, that were saved by Jimmie goalie Stephen Harris.

Cunningham, who was tagged with the loss, registered two saves while fellow goalie Christian Bryant equaled that total while holding the Jimmies scoreless over the first 45 minutes.

Things didn’t get any better for the Mustangs on Saturday when the squad faced off against the Westminster Griffins.

Westminster College’s Manuel Duenas scored the tiebreaking goal as the host Griffins held on to edge the Mustangs 2-1.

With the match tied at a goal apiece, Duenas took a pass from teammate Omar Jaimes and beat Mustang goalie Christian Bryant from four yards out.

Kevin Scheunemann posted TMC’s lone goal by capitalizing on an assist from Zach Klindworth in the first half at the 32:08 mark.

The loss drops the Mustangs’ overall record to 0-2 in 2013.

Next up for TMC is road scrimmage against CSU Los Angeles on Tuesday 7 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball

On Tuesday, The Master’s College volleyball team learned the NAIA branded them with a school-best season-opening No. 9 ranking on the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll.

At the Biola/Red Lion Summer Slam, they fought for it.

The Lady Mustangs opened their season at the La Mirada-based tournament. The event pitted TMC against Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Davenport (Mich.), No. 6 nationally ranked College of Idaho, and future GSAC member, William Jessup.

Overall, TMC went 3-1 at the Summer Slam. The Lady Mustangs’ only loss came from Davenport when the Panthers took the match at 3-2.

Highlighting the tournament was TMC’s standout Sam Dougherty. In Tuesday’s match against Lewis-Clark State, Dougherty led the Lady Mustangs with 26 kills, finishing with a .288 attack percentage. In the TMC/Davenport match, Dougherty posted 20 kills.

The Lady Mustangs now prepare to face Cornerstone (Mich.), Westminster (Utah), Azusa Pacific and 25th-ranked Carroll (Mont.) at the 2013 Asics/Wyndam Labor Day Classic this weekend at Concordia University in Irvine.


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