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TMC Insider: A week full of winning

Posted: September 1, 2013 9:47 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2013 9:47 p.m.
 

Last week, The Master’s College women’s soccer team posted a 5-2 victory over Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on the road in Prescott, Arizona, volleyball went 3-0 at the 2013 ASICS/Wyndham Labor Day Classic, and the men and women’s cross country programs learned that they will start the 2013 season ranked amongst the NAIA’s top 10 teams.

Women’s Soccer

TMC remains undefeated after Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The Lady Mustangs (4-0) got out to an early lead in the first half as Jordan Benson, Jessica Long and Natasha Coyle each scored three goals within six minutes. After the break, TMC tallied two more goals, both off the foot of Benson.

Interestingly enough, Saturday was the first time all season a team scored on the Lady Mustangs.

Next up for TMC is a home match on Tuesday against the University of La Verne at 4 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball

On Friday and Saturday, The Master’s College volleyball team, which ranks ninth in the NAIA, competed at the 2013 ASICS/Wyndham Labor Day Classic.

The Lady Mustangs squared off against Cornerstone University on Friday and beat the Golden Eagles in three close sets (25-18, 25-23, 25-23).

The Lady Mustangs started the next day with a five-set dogfight against Westminster College. TMC claimed the first two sets at 31-29 and 25-17, before the Griffins rallied in the next two sets (25-14, 27-25) to tie the match at 2-2. In the fifth frame, the Lady Mustangs manufactured a 15-5 victory, never once allowing the Griffins to have the lead. In total, the contest displayed 34 tie scores and 12 lead changes.

Later that day, the Lady Mustangs faced Carroll College, the NAIA’s 25th ranked team.

Set one weighed in favor of the Lady Mustangs early on as the Fighting Saints only managed to tie the score once at the 2-2 mark. From there, TMC cruised to a 25-19 victory. TMC dropped the second frame in heartbreaking fashion by failing to secure the set at the 24-22 mark, and watched the Fighting Saints rally to a 28-26 win. The Lady Mustangs silenced the Fighting Saints in the final two sets (25-20, 26-24) and concluded their time at the tournament.

TMC’s overall record now sits at 6-1.

After a few days off, the Lady Mustangs will open their home schedule on Wednesday night in an 8 p.m. match against Capilano (British Columbia, Canada) at College of the Canyons.

Men’s Soccer

The Mustangs didn’t play any games that counted this week, but battled in a 5-4 exhibition loss to NCAA Division I CSU Bakersfield.

TMC is 0-2 after a pair of losses to open the season the previous week. TMC plays again on Wednesday at Whittier.

Cross Country

The Master’s College men and women’s cross country teams learned that they will start the season ranked amongst the top 10 teams in the nation.

According to the 2013 NAIA Cross Country Coaches’ preseason top 25 poll, the Mustang men’s and women’s teams are ranked ninth and 10th, respectively.

The Conference/A.I.I./Unaffiliated Group Poll, which was released on Aug. 26, ranked both squads No. 1 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Both squads will have a chance to live up to their newly minted national ranking this coming Saturday when they compete at the UC Irvine Invitational.

Looking ahead, The Master’s College cross country program will host a community 5K event at Central Park on Sept. 21. The event will take place at 7:15 a.m., just an hour before the squad’s second-annual home event, The Mustang Challenge. To view more information and register for the race, visit The Master’s College athletics department home page, and click the “The Master’s College Community 5K” link.

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