[TMC] – The Lady Mustangs’ 2012 season kicked off with excellence as The Master’s College women’s soccer team shut out visiting and No. 16 Trinity Christian 2-0 Saturday afternoon on Reese Field.
The Mustangs controlled the game from the kickoff with constant pressure in the Trolls’ half of the field and opened the scoring in the 12th minute on a goal by senior midfielder Danielle Hollinger (Agua Dulce, CA) off an assist from sophomore midfielder Shea Richards (Palmdale, CA).
The second half saw consistent offensive play as the Mustangs continued to keep the ball in the Trinity Christian end of the field and tacked on their second and final goal in the 29th minute, scored by Shea Richards with an assist from freshman standout Kylee Macarthur (Santa Clarita, CA).
Not to be overshadowed by the Mustangs’ impeccable offense, TMC’s defensive unit kept the opposition at bay as the Trolls were held to zero shots .
“It was a great first half and a rough second half which made it hard to put a full 90 minutes together, but we got the job done” stated Mustang head coach Curtis Lewis on the season-opening victory. “It was a great win against the 16th-ranked team in the nation. Trinity came out in the second half and played much better, but unfortunately we took our ‘foot off the gas.’ We recognize that we are going to have to work on that this season if we expect to play a full 90-minute game.”
The Mustangs will need to refine their full-game intensity as they prepare for their next match against No. 2 Concordia (Ore.) at the Southern Oregon University Classic in Ashland, Oregon. Game time is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 23.
[TMC] – The primary consolation coming out of Saturday night’s 3-0 loss to NCAA Division I power Cal State Bakersfield was that it just a scrimmage for The Master’s College men’s soccer team. In the first of two such matches prior to their regular-season opener next Friday, the Mustangs watched the perenially-tough Roadrunners score all of their goals in a lopsided first half en route to the victory.
Ernesto Hinojosa ignited the onslaught, taking a long pass from Kory Kindle and booting the ball past Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell just 5:35 into play. Just over two minutes later, the Roadrunners struck again when Lucas Dall’Orso tallied off a free kick for a 2-0 lead at the 8:05 mark. The ‘Runners capped off their scoring with 15:12 left in the opening period on a Jesus Sanchez goal, as he redirected Scott Luedtke’s pass into the net. The Mustangs were outshot 9-3 over the opening 45 minutes.
The Mustangs closed the gap on shots to 5-2 in the closing half but couldn’t put any between the pipes. Sophomore Brett Croft led the Mustangs with two shots. Despite giving up three goals, Bussell notched four saves.
The squad returns to action on Tuesday when it plays at Cal State Los Angeles in another scrimmage. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm. The Mustangs open the regular season three days later at the Concordia Classic in Portland, Oregon. On Friday they take on the host school, 16th-ranked Concordia, and then conclude their brief time in the Pacific Northwest with a Saturday match against Trinity Western of British Columbia.