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TMC notebook: Mustangs team up for meet victory

Men’s cross country wins Vanguard Invite; women finish second

Posted: October 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.

So far this fall, The Master’s College has earned notoriety for individual accomplishments in cross country.

On Saturday, it was all about the team — specifically the men’s team — which won the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa.

The women’s team didn’t do bad either, finishing as the meet’s runner-up.

Both programs will likely move up in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics coaches polls for their efforts.

Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s soccer teams, which also rank in the top 25 polls, dove into Golden State Athletic Conference play this week.

Cross Country

Returning to competition for the first time in three weeks, the TMC men’s team won the 22nd Annual Vanguard Cross Country Invitational on Saturday in Costa Mesa, marking its first meet victory of the season.

The men’s team, ranked 6th in the NAIA coaches poll, had an overall time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 14 seconds in the 8K race edged out Cal Baptist’s finish in 2:11:54.

In the women’s race, the NAIA 12th-ranked Mustangs finished second as a team with a time of 1 hour, 34 minutes and 31 seconds in the 5K course, which was about three minutes behind Azusa Pacific’s winning result.

A total of 12 schools participated on the men’s side and 14 for the women, which included several members of the GSAC and some NCAA Division I teams.

Three TMC men’s runners finished in the top five individually on the day with Anthony Pizzo’s second-place finish leading the pack. Pizzo clocked a time of 24:55 to finish two seconds behind winner Wade Meddles of Azusa Pacific.

The Mustangs also saw John Gilbertson take third at 24:59 and Josiah Downer came in fifth place with a time of 25:50.

Holly Kopp was once again the top finisher for the TMC women, clocking 18:05 for third place.

Both squads will be back in action at the Biola Invitational on Oct. 22 in La Mirada.

Men’s Soccer

Three GSAC games have resulted in zero wins for TMC, which dropped from 17th to 24th in this week’s NAIA coaches poll.

After a conference-opening loss to Vanguard University 2-1 on Oct. 1 in Costa Mesa, the Mustangs finished two games in ties this week.

The week began with a 0-0 finish on Thursday against Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

TMC outshot Westmont 14-11 in the contest, but neither team could get the ball into the back of the net after two overtimes.

The second draw of the week came on Saturday against No. 5 Azusa Pacific at Reese Field.

Trailing 1-0 in the second half, Jorge Serrano scored the equalizer for the Mustangs, who are now 7-1-3 overall and 0-1-2 in conference play.

The Mustangs travel to Fullerton to face Hope International on Tuesday before returning home on Saturday to host Point Loma Nazarene.

Women’s Soccer

After winning its conference opener, NAIA No. 15 TMC suffered two straight conference losses this week, including the GSAC home opener.

The week started with a 2-1 loss to No. 25 Westmont in Santa Barbara on Tuesday and finished with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of No. 3 APU at Reese Field on Saturday afternoon.

Natasha Coyle scored the lone goal for the Mustangs against Westmont, an unassisted score from 9 yards away, but it was too late.

In Saturday’s game APU’s Molly Lavin scored the only goal of the game directly off a corner kick from Natalie Nick early in the second half, and that was the difference maker.

TMC fell to 7-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in conference after the pair of losses, which lead up to another pair of GSAC games next week against Hope International and Point Loma Nazarene.

Men’s Golf

Once again, freshman Thane Ringler was the top finisher for TMC golf in its second match of the season at the NAIA Fall Preview in Salem, Ore.

Ringler ended up with a two-day score of 147, which was 3-over and good enough for a sixth-place tie individually.

As a team, the Mustangs finished in a three-way tie for eighth place with an overall score of 40-over, which matched Holy Names University and the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Michael Reitz was the second best finisher for TMC, carding an 8-over to finish tied for 24th.

Blake Winson of Texas Wesleyan University was the tournament’s overall winner at 2-under, which helped TWU also win the tournament as a team, scoring 12-under total.

Next, TMC will host the Mustang Invitational beginning Oct. 30 at Robinson Ranch.

Women’s Volleyball

It was a difficult week for the upstart volleyball team, which lost to two opponents ranked in the NAIA’s top 10 of the coaches poll this week.

On Tuesday, the Mustangs put up a fight against No. 3 Concordia University, losing 3-1 by scores of 25-22, 25-22, 13-25 and 25-21 at Bross Gym.

No. 8 Azusa Pacific handed the Mustangs a 3-1 loss at Bross Gym on Saturday.

Set scores were 22-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 29-27.

Samantha Dougherty led TMC in kills for both matches, with 12 against Concordia and 18 against APU.

Next up for the Mustangs will be a pair of road matches at Vanguard on Tuesday and Hope International on Saturday.


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