[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Santa Clarita CA
Today in
S.C.V. History
January 22
1839 - Gov. Juan B. Alvarado gives most of SCV to Mexican Army Lt. Antonio del Valle. [story]


Austin Michelson tallied two first-half goals and Taylor Shahi added the clincher later on to lead The Master’s College to its second consecutive victory, a 4-2 decision over visiting Arizona Christian Saturday afternoon on Reese Field.

The win, which improved the Mustangs to 7-8-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the GSAC, gave them a sweep of their two-game, season series with the Firestorm.  With two conference games remaining, the Mustangs, who started the day sitting in the sixth and final playoff spot, have a real shot at improving their seeding with the GSAC Tournament starting in 11 days

MIchelson (Scotts Valley, CA), who started the campaign as a valuable defender on the club’s back line, has developed into of its top weapons, making a much-needed transition to spark the offense.  He came out firing against the Firestorm, putting one past ACU goalie Joshua Chelpka at the 7:11 mark of the first half for his fourth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.

Almost eleven minutes later (18:04), the senior did it again, this time taking a Kevin Scheunemann pass and shooting it past Chelpka to double his squad’s advantage.

But, the Firestorm weren’t about to go down without a fight or be shut out again as they had at the hands of the Mustangs back on September 29 in a 4-0 loss.  A little over two minutes (20:33) after Michelson’s tally, ACU’s David Hernandez beat Mustang keeper Andrew Bussell (Bakersfield, CA) to halve the deficit.

The Mustangs had a couple of other opportunities in the first half but couldn’t convert and went to the break with the narrowest of margins.  Over the opening 45 minutes, the Mustangs outshot the Firestorm 6-4 and Bussell picked up three saves.

Although the scoring in the second half mirrored that of the first, the Mustangs really never felt comfortable until the very end.  It helped, though, when James Obimbo (Nairobi, Kenya) tallied his first goal of the season 9:06 into the final stanza, giving the Mustangs some breathing room at 3-1.

However, the Firestorm refused to go away.  Just about eight minutes (62:05) later, Jesse Gerkey’s free kick from long range sailed past Bussell and into the net, narrowing the Mustang lead to just one goal again.

But, it didn’t take long for the Mustangs to respond and help settle some nerves as Shahi (Santa Rosa, CA) scored off an Obimbo assist at 67:14 to hand the Mustangs a two-goal edge.  It was Shahi’s team-high eighth goal of the year.

Although there were still over 22 minutes left to play, Shahi’s goal seemed to put a dagger in the hearts of the Firestorm and capped a second half in which the Mustangs outshot their opponent 12-2.

Now, the Mustangs put their two-match winning streak and a desire to move up the GSAC ladder on the line Wednesday when they travel to Irvine to take on first-place and No. 4 Concordia.  The Eagles trounced the Mustangs 6-1 in the clubs’ first meeting of the year back on October 2.



The Lady Mustangs (10-4-2 overall, 5-3 GSAC) put their three-game losing streak to rest against Arizona Christian (4-9-1, 1-7 GSAC) Saturday afternoon in a 4-0 victory.

Saturday’s match was also significant as the Mustangs celebrated eight seniors who made significant contributions to the soccer program, both on and off the field. Representing the senior class were Alethia Stroup (Alabaster, AL), Janelle Sullivan (Riverside, CA), Ashlea Andrade (Las Vegas, NV), Giannina Loza (Corona, CA), Danielle Hollinger (Agua Dulce, CA), Rachel Myers (Auburn, CA), and Kristyn Richards (Lancaster, CA). The seniors, as well as the rest of the Mustangs, took to the pitch one last time in the regular-season home finale.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to get some good minutes and also for some of our players who haven’t gotten as much playing time,” said Mustang head coach Curtis Lewis. “I think our seniors provided great leadership as we were able to dominate all aspects of the game play and really get the ball back in the net after a three- game losing streak.”

The Lady Mustangs scored early and often in the first half as Jasmine Benson (Corona, CA)  began the day by scoring in unassisted fashion 11 minutes into the first stanza. Trailing Benson’s goal by two and a half minutes, Kristyn Richards extended TMC’s lead to 2-0 with an assist from Loza. Myers extended the Mustangs’ lead with the third goal of the match in the final two minutes of the first period.

Twelve minutes into the second period, Loza assisted on strong-legged Shea Richards’ (Lancaster, CA) team-leading 11th goal of the season for a 4-0 lead.

Hollinger led TMC with three shots on goal, followed by Shea Richards with two. Goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA) demonstrated defensive excellence as the Lady Mustang notched her sixth shutout of the season.

While Saturday marked the last regular-season home match for the Lady Mustangs in 2012, TMC’s season is not over yet. Coach Lewis and his Mustangs face a tall order as the squad travels to No. 23 Concordia (8-6, 3-5 GSAC) on Tuesday, October 23, looking to hold on to the third seed in the upcoming GSAC Tournament. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00pm.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.


You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018
With The Master's University's 2018 baseball season about to begin, TMU Sports Information Director Mason Nesbitt offers a preview.
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018
The TMU Mustangs' men's basketball team, on a 17-game winning streak, has moved up to No. 4 in the NAIA Division 1 Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll.
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018
Tuesday night's 93-37 rout of St. Katherine University was more than just a non-conference tune-up for the TMU women's basketball team.
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018
Host College of the Canyons rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the visiting Seahawks of Los Angeles Harbor College 96-82 on Saturday evening.
Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
NORTHRIDGE, Calif - The 2018 CSUN Water Polo season presents the opportunity for the Matadors to take the next step.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1839 - Gov. Juan B. Alvarado gives most of SCV to Mexican Army Lt. Antonio del Valle. [story]
1914 - Signal newspaper owner-editor Scott Newhall born in San Francisco [story]
1993 - Hart High grad Dee Dee Myers (1979) becomes first female White House press secretary [story]
Traffic on McBean Parkway between Magic Mountain Parkway and Valencia Boulevard will be delayed intermittently between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, January 22 due to filming involving a Cessna airplane that will land at the Valencia Country Club.
Jan. 22: Filming in Valencia to Prompt Street Closures
Attorneys Brian Koegle and David Poole of Santa Clarita Valley law firm Poole & Shaffery, LLP will provide insight on legal matters affecting California businesses at the Valley Industry Association's February luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on February 20 starting at 11:45 a.m.
Feb. 20: VIA Luncheon, 2018 Employment Law Update
Oak Hills Educational Foundation and Oak Hills PTA will be hosting their annual science fair at Oak Hills School in Valencia in the form of an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Expo event on Jan. 23rd-26th.
Jan. 26: Oaks Hills STEM Expo
2017 was an exceptional year for the Santa Clarita Valley economy, and 2018 promises even more positive growth.
Live, Work, Play in SCV: All to Improve in 2018
Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation Mythbusters tackle a tough and persistent question: Is growing a community a good thing?
SCV EDC Mythbusters: Why Growth is Good
The nonprofit SCV Mayor’s Committee For Employment of Individuals with Disabilities will host its second annual Educate-Empower-Employ Recognition Luncheon at COC on Thursday, February 22.
Feb. 22: SCV Mayor’s Committee Annual Luncheon, Fundraiser
CalArts alumni will stage the second annual Co-Incidence Festival, an experimental music festival and residency hosted at Washington Street Gallery in Somerville, Massachusetts from Jan. 19-28.
Jan. 19-28: CalArtians Stage Co-Incidence Festival in Mass.
Joseph Wayne Monroy, a South Gate man charged with the murder of a Newhall man in January 2016, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Los Angeles Superior Court today, and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Monroy Sentenced to 21 Years for 2016 Newhall Murder
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Joseph Hedges to the position of Chief Operating Officer and Pamela Mizukami as Chief Deputy Director of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
Brown Expands High-Speed Rail Exec Team to Move Project Forward
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports that influenza activity has declined over the last two weeks; however, activity is still widespread and higher than peak levels observed during recent seasons.
Flu Outbreak Eases in L.A. County, But Still Widespread
The Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District has appointed Brittany Kruczynski as the new Director of Fiscal Services.
Kruczynski Named Hart District Fiscal Services Director
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies were out in force stepping up enforcement of pedestrian and bicycle safety laws and issued 69 citations to drivers Wednesday, but none to pedestrians.
SCV Deputies’ Pedestrian, Bike Safety Push Nets 69 Citations
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued a statement calling out Acting Director Mick Mulvaney of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for requesting a total of $0 for the agency's second-quarter budget.
State AG: ‘Trump Officials Treat Consumer Financial Protection as a Joke’
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold its next Regular Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.
Jan. 23: City Council Regular Meeting
Amazon announced its list of top 20 finalists for their new headquarters Thursday, and the Los Angeles area -- including the Santa Clarita Valley -- was named among them.
LA, Including SCV’s Newhall Ranch, In the Running for Amazon’s HQ2
1967 - Original airing of Star Trek "Arena" Episode: Kirk battles the Gorn commander (Saugus resident Bobby Clark) at Vasquez Rocks [watch]
In an exciting conclusion of events, approximately 40 inmates who participated in the Education Based Incarceration program received either a high school diploma or certificate of completion for vocational training.
Largest Class of Inmates in Education Based Incarceration Program Graduates
The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) has selected its inaugural leadership to preside over the launch of the newly formed water provider.
SCV Water Selects Inaugural Leadership
Well V-205, located near McBean Parkway and Valencia Blvd., was voluntarily removed from service in April 2012 when perchlorate was detected in low concentrations, below the Detection Level for Reporting (DLR).
Perchlorate at Out-of-Service Well Reaches Actionable Level
The Santa Clarita City Council will consider purchasing the 4,598-square-foot building Roger Dunn Golf Shop building in Newhall when the council meets next week.
City Eyeing Purchase of Roger Dunn Building
Here are the Santa Clarita arts-related events for Jan. 20 and Jan. 25:
Jan. 20, 25: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, dad, mom and several other family members, Erin Oxhorn-Gilpin always wanted to be a teacher.
CSUN Alumna Nabs Teacher of the Year
Legendary Band, "The Chieftains," will celebrate their 55th Anniversary with a performance at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (SCPAC), Saturday, Feb. 24, at 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 24: The Chieftains 55th Anniversary Tour
SEATTLE - Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2, the company’s second headquarters in North America.
Los Angeles on Short List of Amazon’s HQ2
The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District Board of Directors will hold its Regular Meeting Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 19: SCV Sanitation District Regular Meeting
Kevin Young has been selected as the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) 2018 Katie Jacobson Writer-in-Residence. Young will conduct workshops with CalArts students in the MFA Creative Writing Program and present public readings, which will be held at CalArts on Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. and at REDCAT in Downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 16 at 8:30 p.m.
The New Yorker’s Poetry Editor Selected as CalArts 2018 Writer-in-Residence
LOS ANGELES – The County Interim Health Officer is issuing a Cold Weather Alert due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Affected areas include:
Cold Weather Alert Issued for SCV
Here is the Valencia Crime Information and Public Safety report for the week of Jan. 1:
Crime Blotter: Shoplifting, Burglary, Grand Theft Auto in Valencia
Here is the Saugus (Zone 4) Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information for the week of Jan. 8:
Crime Blotter: Burglary, Grand Theft Auto in Saugus
Here is the Stevenson Ranch (Zone 3) Public Safety and Crime Information Report for the week of Jan. 8:
Crime Blotter: Attempted Robbery, Grand Theft Auto, Burglary in Stevenson Ranch
Here is the Newhall (Zone 6) Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information for the week of Jan. 8:
Crime Blotter: Commercial Burglary, Vehicle Burglary, Grand Theft in Newhall
1899 - Martin & Richard Wood buy J.H. Tolfree's Saugus Eating House, rename it Saugus Cafe [story]
The dismantling of a multi-state drug trafficking organization that used the U.S. Postal Service to mail packages of crystal methamphetamine and marijuana from California to traffickers in Pennsylvania since at least April 2016 - and the arrests of five leaders who spearheaded the corrupt organization, including two from the Santa Clarita Valley - were announced Wednesday by Montgomery County (Penn.) District Attorney Kevin R. Steele.
2 from SCV Netted in Major East Coast Drug Bust