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TMC Insider - The 2013-14 season kicks off

Posted: August 19, 2013 2:01 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2013 2:01 p.m.
 

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

“It was a great first game,” said 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 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, 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 85:10 minutes she played.

Next up for the Lady Mustangs is a telling road trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, where they will compete in the 2013 Westminster Tournament against Jamestown (ND) on Thursday at 1:30 PM, and host Westminster on Saturday 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, Utah, to compete in the 2013 Westminster Tournament against Jamestown (ND) on Thursday at 4 p.m., and host Westminster on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The Mustangs went 8-10-1 (4-5-1 GSAC) in 2012, and anticipate a strong 2013 season with the six recruits signed in the offseason.

Notably, of those six recruits, two local products join TMC this season: Zach Klindworth and Kyle Cunningham.

Volleyball
The Master’s College volleyball squad will take to the court Thursday at the Biola/Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Summer Slam.

The tournament will pit the Lady Mustangs against Lewis and Clark St. (ID) at 11 a.m., followed by a match against Davenport (MI) 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 under Blanken. 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, 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: Morgan Fay, Sydney Hamilton, Maryah Richberg, and Amy King.

The Master’s College Athletic Department is constantly striving to report all major athletic news when it happens and when it breaks.

To learn more about The Master’s College Athletic Department, visit the department’s homepage at www.masters.edu/athletics. 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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