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TMC Insider: Into the thick of the season

Posted: September 22, 2013 9:20 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2013 9:20 p.m.

It was a busy week all around for The Master’s College athletics, with the cross country team hosting a meet while three other sports were in action.

Cross Country

On a cool and misty Saturday morning, The Master’s College men and women’s cross country team competed at Central Park, the squad’s home course, in The Mustang Challenge Collegiate Open.

Starting first at 8:15 was the women’s 5K, where TMC earned a second of 17 teams. Hannah Kellerman placed first for the second year in a row at the event with a time of 17 minutes, 49.76 seconds.

Teammates Karis Frankian and Rachael Ingoldsby were close behind with a seventh and 15th place finishes in times of 18:17.85 and 18:52.55, respectively.

The remaining pack of Mustangs came rushing in with Micayla Frankian, Hollie Larsen, Katrina Graham, Charity Schroeder, Morgan Pedrick and Jessica Hawley with times of 18:58.37, 19:08.86, 19:17.61, 19:26.29, 19:31.19 and 23:10.29l, respectively.

Immediately after was the men’s 8K, where the Mustangs finished with a third of 14 teams and were led by the duo of John Hurd and Matthew Crichton. Out of a field of 150 runners, Hurd and Crichton finished in 12th and 13th place with times of 25:35.34 and 25:39.48, respectively.

Tyler Tockstein was not far behind, finishing in 26:07.05 with Michael Sciarra only 12 seconds back in 26:19.76.

Rounding things off for the Mustangs was Daniel Eller, Josh Sherfey and Taylor Koh with times of 27:00.11, 27:01.10 and 27:22.57, respectively.

Next week, the Mustangs will travel north to compete at the prestigious Stanford Invitational on Sept. 28.

Women’s Soccer

In the NAIA Women’s Soccer Match Of The Week, the showdown between No. 15 CSU San Marcos and No. 16 The Master’s College lived up to its name as the Lady Mustangs topped the Cougars 2-0 at Reese Field.

With the win, the Lady Mustangs’ 2013 season now sits at 8-0.

Overcoming an aggressive defensive gridlock resulting with the first half ending at a 0-0 draw, the Lady Mustangs’ came out of half time determined to break the silence.

At the 75:01 mark, Elvia Contreras bested CSUSM goalkeeper, Amanda Sears, off an assist from Devin Goff, putting the Lady Mustangs on the board at 1-0.

Three minutes later, Stephanie Albright scored off an assist from McKinley Kane, raising TMC’s lead to 2-0.

TMC’s stout defense hunkered down in the final 12 minutes, sealing the 2-0 victory, and raising its overall record to a spotless 8-0.

And while CSUSM outshot TMC 14-11, standout goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu highlighted the Lady Mustangs’ efforts with eight saves.

The Lady Mustangs open up Golden State Athletic Conference play at Biola on Oct. 1 in a 7 p.m. match.

Men’s Soccer

In Saturday’s home opener against 22nd-ranked CSU San Marcos, TMC battled to a 1-1 draw in double overtime. The Mustangs’ 2013 record now sits at 0-4-1

In the game’s 77th minute, sophomore Austin Rochow beat Cougar goalkeeper Zach Sheppard with his first goal of the season for a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later, San Marcos’ Eric Lopez put one by Mustang keeper Christian Bryant at the 80:12 mark to knot the contest and force a first overtime. The Mustangs had a couple of chances to move ahead in the final three minutes, but couldn’t get one in net.

The Cougars came out firing in the first overtime, shooting three times, with one by Dustin Scibilia that hit the crossbar with 1:03 remaining. However, the Mustangs survived to play another 10 minutes.

In that final window of play, the Cougars couldn’t generate any offense and the Mustangs came oh-so-close to winning it when Jordan Edwards’ header with 49 seconds left was saved by Sheppard to preserve the deadlock.

Overall, the Mustangs edged the Cougars 20-19 in shots with Bryant notching five saves.

Now, the Mustangs must wait until Tuesday for another chance at that first win when they host Bethesda at 4 p.m. on Reese Field.

Women’s Volleyball

On Tuesday, The Master’s College volleyball team learned it was ranked 22nd on the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

TMC also learned its next opponent, Biola, was ranked third.

And while The Master’s College/Biola showdown was in the running to be named as the NAIA Volleyball Game of the Week, Saturday’s road match weighed in favor of Biola from the start as the Eagles soared over the Lady Mustangs 3-1.

Biola beat TMC by set scores of 25-19, 25-15, 19-25 and 25-10 to drop the Mustangs to 10-3 overall, 0-1 in conference play.

Statistically, Sam Dougherty and Ashley Newton each claimed eight kills, Aubrey Bekendam tallied 30 assists, while Rebecca Peluffo chipped in 30 digs in the match.

Collectively, the Lady Mustangs earned 42 kills, 34 assists, and 54 digs.

The Lady Mustangs will travel to Fullerton on Tuesday to take on Hope International University. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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