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Westmont, Steck down TMC soccer

College Soccer: Hart graduate makes the Lady Mustangs pay in her unofficial homecoming game

Posted: October 23, 2013 11:01 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2013 11:01 p.m.

When a powerhouse Westmont team came into town on Wednesday, The Master’s College Lady Mustangs soccer team knew that it would have to be at its best in order to grab a win.

A determined TMC squad played the No. 3 nationally ranked Warriors to a standstill for 90 minutes, but Westmont sophomore and former Hart graduate Kelsey Steck was just that much more determined — scoring two goals, including the overtime winner, in a 3-2 Westmont victory.

“I was really looking forward to this game because of all the other players I knew on the (TMC) team,” said Steck, who was honored as the Golden State Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 22.

Toward the beginning it looked as if Steck’s counterparts would ruin her homecoming.

The Lady Mustangs (12-3 overall, 4-3 in GSAC play) played with a purpose and reaped the benefits when TMC junior forward Natasha Coyle put her team up 1-0 at the 34-minute mark.

That was when Westmont turned up the aggression.

After playing passive soccer for much of the first half, the Warriors came out and looked to bully TMC with their size.

Following a 10-minute period in which the Warriors were constantly in or around the Mustangs’ goal box, Westmont got on the board when a ball bizarrely deflected off of a Lady Mustangs defender and snuck past TMC goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu in the 59th minute.

While Westmont (11-0-3 overall, 5-0-2 in GSAC play) continued to press, TMC was able to sneak ahead in the 74th minute when Coyle found a streaking Jasmine Benson on a counterattack to bring the score to 2-1.

From there, Wednesday’s tightly contested battle turned into Steck’s homecoming show.

Just two minutes after falling behind again, Steck put the ball in the upper left corner of the net for the Warriors, tying the score at 2-2 before adding the decisive third goal just five minutes into the overtime period.

The win keeps Westmont’s undefeated bid alive.

The loss is bittersweet for a Lady Mustangs team that hung in there against one of the best teams in the nation.

Now, after winning 10 straight to begin the season, TMC has played at a .500 level since the beginning of the month.

“This is just GSAC soccer,” said TMC head coach Curtis Lewis. “We got a couple of bad bounces, but still, we went out there and went wire to wire with the third best team in the country. We don’t have to change a darn thing.”

Next up for the Lady Mustangs — an Arizona Christian team that has lost nine straight contests.


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