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TMC Insider: Season firsts for Mustangs

Posted: September 29, 2013 11:29 p.m.
Updated: September 29, 2013 11:29 p.m.
 

The Master’s College women’s volleyball team picked up its first couple of Golden State Athletic Conference wins last week and the men’s soccer team earned its first win overall this season. Meanwhile, women’s soccer and the cross country teams continue to secure spots in national rankings.

Men’s Golf

The Master’s College golf team concluded play at the California State Intercollegiate Classic with a second place finish on Tuesday at the Diamond Valley Golf Course in Hemet.

Collectively, the Mustangs carded an overall score of 882 (296, 291, 295), 16 strokes behind No. 3 nationally ranked Cal State University San Marcos (866).

Leading the Mustangs was Thane Ringler, tying for second overall at 2-under 214 (71, 71, 72). Close behind was Nolan Sand by placing fifth at 1-over 217 (73, 70, 74).

Joey Downey tied for 12th place by carding a 223 finish (76, 72, 75), while Josh Gardella finished in a six-way tie for 20th place with a final score of 230 (78, 78, 74).

The Mustangs will take to the greens again on Oct. 22 and 23 at the CSU San Marcos Fall Classic at the Twin Oaks Golf Course, in San Marcos. It will be TMC’s final showing in 2013 before returning to play in the spring.

Men’s Soccer

Jorge Serrano converted a penalty kick with 3:42 left to play to put The Master’s College men’s soccer team ahead to stay, completing a furious comeback and giving the Mustangs their first win of the 2013 campaign, a 3-2 decision over Bethesda Tuesday afternoon on Reese Field.

The victory snapped a five-match winless streak and improved the Mustangs to 1-4-1.

Mustang soccer head coach Jim Rickard is hoping that his club’s performance will carry over into GSAC play that opens this week when the Mustangs travel to No. 8 Biola on Wednesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer

Three days after beating No. 15 Cal State Marcos in an early season showdown, The Master’s College women’s soccer team continued its incremental rise in the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll Tuesday, reaching No. 13.

After shutting out the Cougars 2-0 on Saturday, the Lady Mustangs stayed undefeated at 8-0 and rose three spots in the national poll. The Lady Mustangs debuted in the poll at No. 21 two weeks ago, improved five spots last week, and now sit right in the middle of the best 25 squads in the country.

Off to the best start in school history (the 2010 squad started 8-0-1), the Lady Mustangs will put their undefeated record on the line and open GSAC play at No. 24 Biola on Tuesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball

The Master’s College volleyball team made quick work of Golden State Athletic Conference opponent Hope International University on Tuesday night, beating the Royals 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-21) in Fullerton.

On Saturday, the Mustangs were tasked to top another GSAC opponent: No. 17 nationally ranked Vanguard.

At the end of five strenuous sets, TMC, which ranks No. 21 on the most recent NAIA Top 25 Poll, bested Vanguard 3-2, raising its overall record to 12-3 (2-1 GSAC).

Looking ahead, TMC will travel to No. 10 Westmont (14-2, 2-1 GSAC) on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. match.

Cross Country

On Saturday, The Master’s College men’s and women’s cross country team competed against some of the top teams in both the NAIA and NCAA at the 2013 Stanford Cross Country Invitational.

The men’s squad, which ranks No. 11 in the NAIA, placed eighth among 16 non-Division I colleges, four places behind No. 2 Southern Oregon. John Hurd led the way for the Mustangs with a time of 26 minutes, 29 seconds on the 8,000 meter course, placing 27th overall.

Senior Matthew Crichton was close on Hurd’s heels, placing 30th in 26:30.

The rest of the Mustangs followed as Michael Sciarra, Tyler Tockstein, Daniel Eller, Josh Sherfey and Taylor Koh, posted times of 27:03, 27:25, 27:37, 27:55 and 28:11, respectively.

At the women’s 6K race, TMC finished third among 11 non-Division I colleges.

Hannah Kellerman led the No. 9 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs with a time of 22:15, good enough for a third place finish on the non-Division I stat sheet.

Karis Frankian was not far behind, as the sophomore placed eighth in 22:48.

The rest of the Lady Mustangs followed as Katrina Graham, Rachael Ingoldsby, Micayla Frankian, Hollie Larsen, Charity Schroeder, Morgan Pedrick and Jessica Hawley, posted times of 23:21, 23:33, 24:08, 24:15, 24:30, 26:26 and 29:17, respectively.

After a week off, the Mustangs will toe the line at the Vanguard Invitational on Oct. 12.

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