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TMC Insider: Quick, effective week for Mustangs

Posted: September 15, 2013 10:03 p.m.
Updated: September 15, 2013 10:03 p.m.

Last week, The Master’s College men’s golf program opened their season at the Mid-South Invitational, the women’s soccer team won and the women’s volleyball team earned a No. 22 ranking from the NAIA.

Meanwhile, the cross country teams get ready for a busy day on Saturday as they prepare for their second annual home cross country meet, The Mustang Challenge.

Men’s Golf

The Master’s College golf team opened their 2013-14 campaign Monday and Tuesday in Newton, Kan. at the Mid-South Invitational located on the greens of the Sand Creek Station Golf Course.

Collectively, the Mustangs culled a team score of 930 (308, 310, 312), finishing fourth out of a field of five teams.

Thane Ringler led TMC with a fourth place finish at 6-over 222 (71, 77, 74).

Nolan Sand tied for 20th at 235 (76, 77, 82), while newcomer Joey Downey tied for 22nd at 236 (81, 78, 80). Joshua Gardella finished 24th at 261 (80, 78, 80), and Matt Kim placed 28th at 261 (88, 92, 81).

Next on the Mustangs’ slate is the California State Intercollegiate classic hosted by the University of La Verne at the Diamond Valley Golf Course on Sept. 23.

Women’s Soccer

It was a big week for The Master’s College women’s soccer team.

Fresh off two wins the week before, the Lady Mustangs (7-0) made their debut in the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ first regular-season Top 25 Poll, released by the national office on Tuesday.

TMC now sits at No. 21.

The Lady Mustangs, who were ranked as high as No. 20 last year, lead the country in wins and are one of seven squads in the poll without a loss.

TMC’s spotless record was extended on Thursday afternoon when the Lady Mustangs beat Southern Oregon University 2-1 in overtime. Natasha Coyle put TMC on the board early in the first half at the 32:11 mark. SOU responded with three minutes left in the match, tying things at 1-1. Jessica Long gave the Lady Mustangs their seventh straight win with a golden goal eight minutes into the extra frame.

The undefeated Lady Mustangs now look to take on No. 15 nationally ranked CSU San Marcos on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at TMC.

Women’s Volleyball

Despite going 3-1 at the Menlo Tournament the week before, The Master’s College women’s volleyball team (10-2) was minted with a No. 22 national ranking by the NAIA on Tuesday afternoon.

Next up for TMC is a 7 p.m. tune-up scrimmage against St. Katherine College on Tuesday at Bross Court. On Saturday, the Lady Mustangs will open conference play with 7 p.m. nightcap against No. 4 Biola in La Mirada.

Cross Country

On Saturday The Master’s College cross country program will be a focal point in the Santa Clarita Valley by hosting a community 5K and its second annual home cross country meet, The Mustang Challenge, at Central Park.

The Master’s College Community 5K will begin at 7:15 a.m., and anticipates a strong showing of Santa Clarita residents coupled with faculty, staff, students and alumni of The Master’s College. Notably, all registration proceeds will benefit The Master’s College running program.

Immediately following the fun run will be TMC’s second annual home meet, The Mustang Challenge. Community 5K participants are encouraged to join fans and watch the women’s 5K at 8:15 a.m., followed by the men’s 8K at 9:15 a.m.

This year, The Mustang Challenge will pit both TMC’s men and women’s cross country teams against a strong field of competitors, including four NCAA Division 1 teams: Loyola Marymount, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton and UCLA.

Last year, Mustang runners Hannah Kellerman and John Gilbertson placed first in their respective races at TMC’s inaugural home meet.

To view more information and register for the race, visit The Master’s College Athletics Department home page, and click the “The Master’s College Community 5K” link.


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