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TMC Insider: All hands on deck for the week

Posted: October 27, 2013 8:50 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2013 8:50 p.m.

The last week was an action packed one for The Master’s College athletics.

All five sports competed and many of those teams — women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and both men’s and women’s cross country — were putting their national rankings on the line.

Men’s Golf

At the conclusion of the CSU San Marcos Fall Classic, TMC placed 2nd out of a field of 10 teams, backed by a collective score of 883 (298-294-291).

In the process, the No. 14 nationally ranked Mustangs edged tournament host and third-ranked CSU San Marcos by a single stroke (884).

Leading the Mustangs’ efforts was Thane Ringler, tying for fourth overall at 2-under 214 (75-72-67). Not far behind was Nolan Sand, who tied for 14th place with an overall score of 222 (71-76-75).

Now, the Mustangs will enjoy a four-month break before competing again Feb. 3-4 at the CSU San Marcos Spring Invite.

Women’s Soccer

After a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to the third-ranked Westmont Warriors on Tuesday, TMC rebounded Saturday afternoon by shutting out GSAC foe Arizona Christian 3-0.

Jasmine Benson led TMC with four shots, four shots on goal, and two goals. Katie Farris chipped in the day’s third goal. Over the course of 90 minutes, Ilyssa Espiritu, the Lady Mustangs’ goalkeeper, displayed another fantastic performance, paving the way for TMC’s 10th shutout.

With the win, TMC’s overall record now sits at 13-3 and 5-3 in Golden State Athletic Conference play.

Now, the 15th-ranked Lady Mustangs will close out their regular season schedule against two nationally ranked teams this Tuesday and Saturday: No. 11 Concordia, and No. 23 Biola.

The Concordia Eagles will travel to Santa Clarita to take on the Lady Mustangs on Tuesday in a 3 p.m. match. Saturday’s match against Biola will take place at 12:30 p.m. at Reese Field.

Men’s Soccer

The Master’s College men’s soccer team fell Tuesday afternoon to Westmont in overtime. Rick McCarthy kicked in the game-winner 6:46 into the extra frame, lifting the visiting Warriors to a grueling 2-1 win over the Mustangs on Reese Field.

Sparked by a pair of goals from Jorge Serrano and a second-half explosion, The Master’s College men’s soccer team took out its offensive frustrations on Arizona Christian Saturday afternoon, routing the host Firestorm 7-2.

Scoring a season-high in goals, the Mustangs snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 4-9-1 overall and 3-5 in the GSAC where they now own sole possession of sixth place and the final playoff spot in the upcoming conference tournament. The win also avenged a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Firestorm on Oct. 5.

Both clubs shot the ball 21 times, however, the Mustangs held a decisive 15-10 advantage in shots on goal.

In a late-season bid to qualify for the postseason, the Mustangs host the final two matches of the regular season, starting with Wednesday’s game against 12th-ranked Concordia on Reese Field. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. Back on Oct. 8, the Eagles squeaked by the Mustangs 3-2 in Irvine.

Women’s Volleyball

The Master’s College volleyball team made quick work of West Coast Baptist, beating the Eagles 3-0 (25-12, 25-7, 25-11) Tuesday night at Bross Court.

The Lady Mustangs got a taste of their own medicine on Saturday night when No. 3 Biola beat TMC 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-23) at Bross Court in the “NAIA Match of the Week.”

At the end of the week, the 11th-ranked Lady Mustangs’ overall record moved to 16-5, and 5-3 in GSAC play.

Looking to get back on track, the Lady Mustangs will host Hope International Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Cross Country

On Saturday, The Master’s College men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled at the NAIA West Coast Jamboree.

The seventh-ranked Lady Mustangs narrowly snagged a second-place team finish, beating No. 3 Cal State San Marcos.

It was a tactical race on the women’s side with sophomore Karis Frankian breaking away and placing first overall in 17 minutes, 48 seconds on the 5,000-meter course.

In the men’s race, the 17th-ranked Mustangs placed second only behind No. 10 Cal State San Marcos and beating the neighboring GSAC teams by a large margin.

TMC’s Matthew Crichton closed hard for the Mustangs, finishing seventh overall with a time of 25:46 on the 8,000-meter course.

Next for both teams is the GSAC Championship on Nov. 9, at Vanguard’s home course in Costa Mesa.


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