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TMC notebook: Men’s team cracks top 5

Cross country gets highest ranking in school history

Posted: October 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.

In a year where all The Master’s College cross country is setting the bar higher, this week didn’t disappoint.

For the first time in school history, TMC men’s cross country earned a top five ranking in the National Asssociation of Intercollegiate Athletics coaches poll, ranking fifth in the country.

The poll was released days after the Mustangs claimed victory at the Vanguard Invitational on Oct. 8.

Cross country had this week off.

Elsewhere, it was a slow week for TMC athletically, with only three teams active. Those that played though, found success, with the soccer teams leading the way. The men’s team earned two Golden State Athletic
Conference wins and the women’s teams defeated Hope International to kick off the week.

Men’s Soccer

TMC scored four goals in the first half of its match with Hope International in Fullerton on Tuesday en route to a 4-1 victory and another four goals to beat Point Loma Nazarene 4-0 on Saturday.

The Mustangs tallied their highest point total in three weeks and snapped a four-game winless streak that saw them go 0-1-3.

TMC received goals from Jorge Serrano (8:56), Zach Egeler (21:46), Jonathan Taves (37:50) and Kevin Scheunemann, who scored with just 2:16 left in the first half.

With a four-goal lead entering the second half, Hope International’s Andrew Bussell added his team’s only goal in the 80th minute for the final tally.

On Saturday, Serrano scored again, as did Joel Peluffo, David Alegria and Daniel Miller.

Next up for TMC (9-1-3, 2-1-2) is Fresno Pacific followed by Concordia.

Women’s Soccer

The Mustangs, ranked No. 21 in the NAIA, defeated Hope International in double overtime 2-1 on Wednesday in Fullerton before falling 1-0 to No. 5 Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday.

After both teams went scoreless in the first half of Wednesday’s game, Hope International got on the board first behind Kristen Enriquez’s 77th minute goal.

The Mustangs fought back though, notching the tying goal in the game’s final minute when Lauren Fretz headed the ball into the net off a cross from Natasha Coyle.

Late in overtime, Coyle scored a goal of her own in the second overtime period for the win.

TMC (8-6-0, 2-3-0) play another pair of conference games this week against Fresno Pacific and Concordia.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mustangs fell to No. 21 Vanguard in Costa Mesa on Tuesday night 3-1 (23-25, 22-25, 16-25 and 25-14).

On Saturday, TMC recovered with a 3-0 win over Hope International by scores of 26-24, 25-17 and 25-21.

Samantha Dougherty led the Mustangs’ efforts in both games with 14 kills against Vanguard and 15 against Hope.

Alyssa Gergins had 20 assists against Vanguard and Rebecca Gieske added 12 digs.

Rebecca Gieske led the Mustangs with 19 digs on Saturday while Jamie Long had 22 assists.

The win over Hope International snapped a five-match losing streak for the Mustangs. All of those losses came against GSAC opponent ranked in the NAIA top 25.

TMC (16-9, 4-6) plays against Westmont and San Diego Christian this week.


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