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The Master's College in thick of GSAC play

Conference schedule heats up for school’s fall teams

Posted: October 6, 2013 8:12 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2013 8:12 p.m.

Conference schedule heats up for school's fall teams.

 

The fall sports at The Master’s College are in the thick of their conference schedules. Last week, women’s soccer and volleyball notched impressive victories over nationally ranked GSAC opponents, while the men’s soccer team continues to look for its first conference win. Cross country enters next Saturday’s Vanguard Invitational with lofty national rankings.

Women’s Soccer

On Tuesday, The Master’s College women’s soccer team put their No. 12 national ranking to the test by opening GSAC play against a 22nd-ranked Biola in La Mirada. TMC beat the Eagles 2-0.

Four days later, the Lady Mustangs returned to Reese Field for a conference match against Arizona Christian University. At the end of 90 blustery minutes, TMC’s tidal wave of scoring doused the Firestorm at 4-0, giving the Lady Mustangs their seventh shutout of the year. Notably, sixth-year head coach Curtis Lewis earned his 80th career victory against ACU.

“We have really been blessed by God as He has graciously given us fantastic start to this season,” assessed Lewis on the past week. “Credit to the girls as they have continued to come out and attempt to love God and love others this season. We just want to take one game at a time and continue to improve.”

Lewis’s Lady Mustangs now look to keep their undefeated season alive on the road next Wednesday in a 3:00 p.m. match against No. 18 Concordia 6-0-2, (1-0 GSAC).

Men’s Soccer

One day after maintaining its status as the nation’s eighth-ranked squad, Biola affirmed its lofty ranking Wednesday evening, tallying a trio of second-half goals to overcome a halftime deficit and race by The Master’s College 4-2 in the GSAC opener for both clubs.

Four days later, Arizona Christian eked out a 2-1 victory over the Mustangs Saturday afternoon on Reese Field.

Saturday’s loss was the second consecutive conference defeat for the Mustangs, dropping them to 0-2 in the GSAC and 1-6-1 overall.

In search of their first conference win, the Mustangs return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Irvine to take on Concordia. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.

Volleyball

Sandwiched between last Tuesday’s 3-2 victory (22-25, 29-27, 25-20, 21-25, 17-15) over No. 10 nationally ranked Westmont (14-4, 2-3 GSAC), and next Tuesday’s showdown against NAIA volleyball juggernaut, No. 1 Concordia (14-0, 5-0 GSAC), The Master’s College women’s volleyball team took a breather Saturday night against conference opponent Arizona Christian University (1-13, 0-5 GSAC) at Bross Court.

At the end of three quick sets (25-16, 25-15, 25-14), the Lady Mustangs doused the Firestorm and lifted their 2013 season record to 14-3, and 4-1 in conference play. All active players on the Lady Mustangs’ roster experienced valuable playing time against ACU.

Next up for TMC is a 7:00 p.m. match against No. 1 Concordia University on Tuesday night at Bross Court. Blanken and his Lady Mustangs enter Tuesday’s match looking to snap Concordia’s historic 51 game winning streak.

Cross Country

While The Master’s College men’s and women’s cross country programs enjoyed a week off of competition, history was made on Wednesday when the Lady Mustangs earned a program-high No. 7 national ranking on the most recent NAIA Top 25 Poll.

The same day, the men’s program dropped to a No. 14 ranking on the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

Looking ahead to next Saturday, both squads will compete at the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa.

 

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