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TMC Insider: Women's soccer kicks off fall season

Posted: August 18, 2013 10:09 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2013 10:09 p.m.

The 2013-14 athletic calendar commenced on Thursday for The Master’s College when the women’s soccer team topped the visiting Grace College (Ind.) Lancers 4-0 at Reese Field.

“It was a great first game,” assessed sixth-year women’s soccer head coach Curtis Lewis. “I’m very thankful that we were able to return with a lot of the girls we lost last year to injuries. We were even able to get all available Lady Mustangs some valuable playing time.”

Scoring began in the first half at the 27:43 mark when Tara Struiksma notched her first goal of the season off of an assist from Jordan Benson from 25 yards out, putting the Lady Mustangs up 1-0.

Shortly after the break, Benson put TMC up 2-0 when she capitalized off an assist from Struiksma at the 57:58 mark.

A sister act happened in the 65th minute as Jasmine Benson was fed a well-placed pass from twin sibling Jordan, ultimately leading to her first goal of the season and raising the Lady Mustangs’ lead to 3-0.

Finally, with 17:19 left on the clock, Jasmine Benson assisted Stephanie Albright, giving the freshmen newcomer the green light to score the first goal of her collegiate career, and putting the match on ice at 4-0.

Leading the Lady Mustangs on the stat sheet was Jordan Benson, as the senior forward tallied two shots on goal, two assists, and one goal.

Struiksma and Jasmine Benson produced identical results by each recording three shots, one shot on goal, one assist and one goal.

Not to be overlooked was Ilyssa “Yoshi” Espiritu’s stingy goalkeeping, as the senior notched seven saves in the 85 minutes she played.

Next up for the Lady Mustangs is a telling road trip to Salt Lake City, where they will compete in the 2013 Westminster Tournament against Jamestown (N.D.) on TAug. 22 at 1:30 p.m., and host Westminster on Aug. 24 at noon.

Men’s Soccer

The Master’s College men’s soccer team scrimmaged College of the Canyons Friday night in a match that served as a great barometer for both squads.

TMC’s first official match will come later this week when the squad travels to Salt Lake City to compete in the Westminster Tournament against Jamestown (N.D.) on Aug. 22 at 4 p.m., and host Westminster on Aug. 24 at 2:30 p.m.

The Mustangs went 8-10-1 (4-5-1 GSAC) in 2012, and anticipates a strong 2013 season with the six recruits signed in the offseason. Notably, of those six recruits, two local products join TMC this season in Valencia graduates Zach Klindworth and Kyle Cunningham.

Women’s Volleyball

The Master’s College volleyball squad will take to the court this week at the Biola/Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Summer Slam. The tournament will pit the Lady Mustangs against Lewis and Clark State (Idaho) on Aug. 22 at 11 a.m., followed by a match against Davenport (Mich.) at 3 p.m. The next day, TMC will square off against College of Idaho at 11 a.m., and close things in a match against future GSAC member, William Jessup, at 3 p.m.

Last season, the Lady Mustangs maintained excellence from start to finish, qualifying for their first-ever NAIA National Tournament.

Sparked by four winning streaks of at least five matches, the Mustangs finished 27-8 overall and 10-4 in the GSAC, where they finished in third place.

At the end of the 2012 campaign, TMC head coach Bobby Blanken was named GSAC Coach of the Year while outside hitter Sam Dougherty was named a second-team NAIA All-American. Also, Aubrey Bekendam earned the 2012 AVCA/NAIA Freshman of the Year award.

These accolades bode well for the 2013 Lady Mustang roster as it displays a younger squad of eight newly signed freshmen, two sophomores, three juniors, and two seniors.

Of the eight newly signed freshmen, four hail from the Santa Clarita Valley: Canyon graduate Morgan Fay and Hart graduates Sydney Hamilton, Maryah Richberg and Amy King.

Follow The Master’s College athletics online at Information can be found there on how to watch all home competitions live and how to follow all Mustang sport programs via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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