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TMC notebook: Quick start to fall season for Masters

Multiple teams start off strong in first few weeks

Posted: September 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Fall sports are underway for The Master’s College, and already, the Mustangs have had plenty of highlights. The men’s soccer team pulled an upset over National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics No. 21 Texas-Brownsville in head coach Jim Rickard’s 250th career victory. The men’s and women’s cross country teams have performed well at the start and the women’s soccer team has shown its No. 6 ranking is deserved.

Men’s Soccer
The Master’s College men’s soccer team upset NAIA No. 21 University of Texas-Brownsville in a four-team invitational hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona on Sept. 2.

The win was significant, though, for reasons more than just the upset victory.

The game marked head coach Jim Rickard’s 250th career victory.

“I kind of forgot about it, because I didn’t anticipate we’d be 3-0 (going into the game). It wasn’t until afterward that we were at dinner that I realized,” Rickard said. “It was a great game for it to happen.”

In his 21st season as head coach at TMC, Rickard has led the Mustangs to three National Christian College Athletic Association Championships, three NAIA National Tournaments and has coached over 20 NAIA All-Americans.

“It’s a testament to how much I love the college. I’m lucky to be here ...,” Rickard said. “It was really special.”

The team returned to the field on Friday, topping Westminster of Utah 2-1 as part of a four-team invitational.

Next up for the Mustangs is Arizona Christian on Thursday.

Cross Country
The Mustangs finished third at the University of California, Irvine cross country meet on Saturday, finishing behind only Cal State San Marcos and UC San Diego.

At the meet, TMC’s John Gilbertson, a Saugus High graduate, set an all-time course record in the Men 8K run and took first place overall with a time of 24:24.0.

“It was a phenomenal performance to watch,” head coach Zach Schroeder said.

Canyon graduate Anthony Pizzo finished sixth overall for the Mustangs with a time of 25:26.4 for the Mustangs.

“The only thing I’m disappointed in is we had a weak No. 5 spot in both (the men’s and women’s) teams, and that’s something we’ll be working hard to remedy in the weeks to come,” Schroeder said. “We need those key spots to step up and if we do, we’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”

TMC will be back on the course Sept. 17 at the UC Riverside Invitational.

Holly Kopp led the Mustangs’ women’s cross country team in the Women’s 5K run during Saturday’s meet at UC Irvine, finishing 11th overall with a time of 17:59.5.

Overall, TMC finished in tenth place with a total time of 1:34.59.20.

Hannah Kellerman was second for TMC, finishing in 20th place with a time of 18:19.9.

“It was a historic setting performance for our program,” Schroeder said. “Certainly we have areas of improving still, but this is actually a breakout year. We were five minutes faster on this course than last year which is an astronomical jump.”

TMC will be back on the course Sept. 17 at the UC Riverside Invitational.

Women’s Soccer
The Mustangs, ranked No. 6 in the NAIA, defeated Occidental College on Wednesday 4-1 at Occidental.

The scoring was started by Katie Trevino, who’s opening goal in the 21st minute put the Mustangs up 1-0.

Bobbie Roberts put TMC up 2-0 six minutes later.

TMC goalie Ilyssa Espiritu faced only three shots on the day, allowing two goals, while the Mustangs (4-2) scored their four goals off 12 shots.

Next up for the Mustangs is a road match with Corban in Atherton, on Friday.

Women’s Volleyball
The Master’s College women’s volleyball team opened up the Seaside Invitational at Point Loma Nazarene University Friday afternoon with a 3-2 loss to Cal State San Marcos.

The Mustangs led 2-0 after two sets, before dropping the final three sets of the match.

TMC then defeated Dordt 3-0 to finish out day one of the tournament.

Today, the Mustangs defeated Texas Wesleyan 3-2 in five sets, and were set to finish with Our Lady of the Lake.

TMC will open up GSAC conference play Sept. 13 at Biola.


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