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TMC notebook: Mustangs women’s soccer preps for tourney

Team to begin NAIA Tournament on Tuesday; Men’s and women’s basketball win conference openers

Posted: November 27, 2010 9:29 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Basketball season is now in full swing at The Master's College, but the women's soccer could steal the headlines this week when it competes in the NAIA Tournament.

In order for TMC to win its first NAIA title in women's soccer history, the team will have to win four matches in five days, but the squad is well-rested coming off its opening-round victory more than a week ago.

The men's and women's basketball teams are still trying to find identities early in the season, but both have started out Golden State Athletic conference play in a positive way - with wins.

Women's Soccer
The Mustangs arrived in Nashville, Tenn. early Saturday morning in preparation for the second round of the NAIA Tournament.

TMC will play at 5 p.m. Tuesday in nearby Decatur, Ala. against a familiar GSAC foe, California Baptist.

"I think it's a team we play extremely well against, and we are the higher seed so we ought to be able to beat this team," said TMC head coach Curtis Lewis.

The Mustangs (17-2-2) split the season series against Cal Baptist (14-5-2), beating them 5-1 on Oct. 2 and losing on penalty kicks in a 1-1 match on Nov. 5.

Tuesday's match will come 10 days after the Mustangs' 3-0 opening-round victory over Maine-Fort Kent, but the long delay could work in the team's favor.

GSAC Player of the Year Emily Bruton has been trying to overcome illness for the past week, Lewis said, but she's nearing 100-percent health.

"I think Emily will get one in, but I also think someone else is going to step up and get one in," Lewis said. "I'm excited to see who is going to step up and shoulder the responsibility."

Men's Basketball
TMC beat San Diego Christian 83-75 in its GSAC conference opener Tuesday in El Cajon behind 49 percent team shooting.

On Saturday night, the Mustangs went cold against Southwestern and lost 81-65 in Phoenix, going 36 percent from the floor.

"In the two games we've lost, we've turned it over less than the other team. I think we out-rebounded the other team," said TMC head coach Chuck Martin. "It just really came down to shooting percentage."

The Mustangs (3-2, 1-0) were led by Joey Fuca's 20 points against San Diego Christian and Anthony Wells' 14 points against Southwestern (Ariz.).

In Saturday's loss, TMC kept it close early, but a 1-for-15 second half from beyond the arc was too much to overcome.

TMC plays Hope International Tuesday in Fullerton and Pomona Pitzer on Saturday in Pomona.

Women's Basketball
In its first GSAC game of the year, TMC was given everything it could handle against San Diego Christian.

The Mustangs pulled off a 103-100 victory in El Cajon Tuesday thanks in large part to a career-high 31-point performance by point guard Erica Inge.

"She just had phenomenal will," head coach Dan Waldeck said of Inge. "Even though our team wasn't playing well, she just didn't want to let us lose."

Inge also had a game-high nine assists and what proved to be the game-winning layup with less than a minute left.

"It's just a learning experience for us," he said. "We wanted to play aggressive defense and we're trying to do that without fouling."

It won't get any easier for TMC, which begins a four-game road trip in a stretch of eight days beginning with conference opponent Hope International Tuesday in Fullerton.




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