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TMC notebook: Record week for Master’s

Women’s cross country wins first individual race

Posted: October 22, 2011 10:58 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2011 10:58 p.m.

The Master’s College athletics teams tallied some big victories this week, as both the men’s and women’s soccer teams defeated visiting Fresno Pacific. But the story of the week came once again from the cross country teams.

The men’s squad set another record and looks primed to become the first Master’s athletics program to win back-to-back conference titles according to head coach Zach Schroeder. The women’s team made headlines as well, as a member of the squad did something that had never been done before in program history by winning an invitational as an individual

Cross Country

The Mustang’s men finished out the regular season with an undefeated record against conference competition with a victory at the Biola Invitational on Saturday.

Once again, it was John Gilbertson and Anthony Pizzo who led the way for the TMC as both broke the course record Gilbertson set last year. Gilbertson won the meet with a time of 24 minutes, 24 seconds, followed by Pizzo, who finished second overall with a time of 24:35.

“We see Pizzo and Gilbertson and Josiah Downer (who finished with a time of 25:32),” Schroeder said. “We see those guys racing big every weekend, week in and week out.”

Master’s won the meet with a total team time of 2:06:53. The time was an improvement of over a minute from last year’s Biola Invitational — something that bodes well for the team as they prepare to head into conference championships in two weeks.

“I would say substantially (better position than last season),” Schroeder said. “Last year we lacked the depth in our four and five spots and this year we’ve had a number of guys step up and fill spots four and five for us ... the tell-tale sign of where we finish is going to be how well or how poor our four or five guys race.”

If the men are able to secure a conference title they will become the first athletics team in Master’s College history to win back-to-back conference titles according to Schroeder.

On the women’s side, sophomore Holly Kopp won the meet with a time of 18:05 on the 5K course. The victory is the first individual meet victory in the history of the women’s program. Hannah Kellerman came in fourth overall with a time of 18:34.

“We’ve never had a girl win an invitation and Holly’s really emerged on the running scene in a big away,” Schroeder said. “Its very, very exciting for the women to be breaking new ground. For them, it’s just a mark of success, and it’s really tremendous to see Holly step up and lead the team to the way we’ve been racing. The truth is, this is really a story-book year for the women and I think a kid like Holly will be one of the kids that the school will look back and say this is a kid that really propelled athletics at The Master’s College forward and I think we’re starting to see that too.”

Overall, the women finished third overall behind first-place Westmont and second-place Biola.

Both squads will turn their attention to the GSAC Championships on Nov. 5.

Men’s Soccer

The Master’s College men’s soccer team defeated Fresno Pacific 2-1 on Wednesday at Reese Field.

The Mustangs went into the halftime locker room down 1-0, despite allowing just three Fresno Pacific shots in the half.

Fabricio Nazare scored in the 23rd minute for the Sunbirds to take the early lead.

Master’s responded in the second half, though, as they tied the match in the 51st minute off a goal by Jorge Serrano.

Jonathan Taves and Marcelo Silva assisted on the goal.

Things got tougher for the Mustangs just a few minutes later, as Joel Peluffo was ejected after receiving a red card in the 56th minute.

Despite playing a man down for the remainder of the match, the Mustangs took the lead in the 81st minute on Serrano’s second goal of the game.

Master’s lost its next match, though, by a score of 2-0 Saturday to Concordia to fall to 10-2-3 over, 3-2-2 in Golden State Athletic Conference play.

Women’s Soccer

The Mustangs shut out Fresno Pacific at Reese Field on Tuesday 4-0 behind goals by Rachel Hartenberger, Sarah Hall, Bobbie Roberts and Alyssa Adkins.

Hartenberger got Master’s on the board first, scoring in the 20th minute to give the Mustangs the early lead.

The match was close for about 40 minutes after the goal before the Mustangs blew the game open.

Adkins notched her goal in the 60th minute, with Roberts putting the ball into the back of the net in the 67th minute to put the Mustangs’ up 3-0.

Hall scored in the last minute of the game to give the Mustangs the final tally.

The shutout was TMC goalie Ilyssa Espiritu’s third of the season.

Master’s dropped their next match on Saturday though, 2-1 to Concordia College to fall to 9-7, 3-4 on the season.

Women’s Volleyball

The Master’s College volleyball team fell to Westmont College 3-1 on Tuesday behind scores of 25-19, 25-27, 26-24, 25-19.

The Mustangs were able to stay close in every set throughout the match, tying up the first set at 14-14 before Westmont went on an 11-5 run to end it.

Master’s jumped ahead early in the second set, but found itself tied at 12 midway through. The Mustangs had a run of their own, responding to a 19-15 Westmont lead with a run to tie the set at 20, and again at 24 before Tami Brown won the set 27-25 on a block to tie the match at one win apiece.

Again, the third set was a close battle before Westmont won by two points, 26-24.

The Mustangs did a good job in the fourth set as well, rebounding form early mistakes to tie the set at 12. The Mustangs, though, made too many mistakes down the stretch as Westmont finished them off.


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