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TMC Insider: Teams look ahead to playoffs, season openers

Posted: November 3, 2013 9:00 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2013 9:00 p.m.
 

The regular season is done for The Master’s College men’s and women’s soccer, but both teams begin play in the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament this week.

At the same time, women’s volleyball is closing in on the end of another strong season and men’s and women’s basketball are preparing for the start of their 2013-14 campaigns.

 Women’s Soccer

With five minutes left in regulation play, Concordia’s Carly Mottram scored off a Lauren Nanez assist, giving the Eagles a 2-1 victory over The Master’s College women’s soccer team Tuesday afternoon at Reese Field.

Rebounding on Saturday, the Lady Mustangs closed out their regular season schedule with a 6-1 victory over GSAC rival Biola University.

 wJasmine Benson finished the day with four shots and a goal. Ashlea Andrade, Jordan Benson, Jasmine Benson, Natasha Coyle, Whitney Gomillion and Jessica Long all scored in Saturday’s match.

Collectively, TMC tallied 18 shots, 13 shots on goal, and three assists.

And with the Lady Mustangs’ newly minted 14-4 (6-4 GSAC) record, the squad will enjoy the fruits of their labor by hosting No. 5 seed San Diego Christian in the opening round of the GSAC Women’s Soccer Tournament on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

 Notably, the Lady Mustangs will enter the tournament with a No. 4 seed.

 Men’s Soccer

 The Mustangs lost to 12th-ranked Concordia Wednesday afternoon, spotting the Eagles two first-half goals and losing 2-1. With the victory, the Eagles clinched their second consecutive GSAC regular season championship.

 In Saturday’s regular-season finale, 22nd-ranked Biola scored a goal in each half and kept the Mustangs off the scoreboard in a 2-0 shutout at Reese Field.

After the loss, their second to Biola this season and one that concluded the regular season, TMC finishes at 4-11-1 overall and 3-7 in the GSAC. The sixth-seeded Mustangs found out they would be traveling to El Cajon this Wednesday to face No. 3 seed San Diego Christian (13-3-2 overall, 6-2-2 GSAC) in a GSAC Tournament first-round match.

The squads met once in the regular season, with the Hawks shutting out the Mustangs 2-0 on Oct. 19.

 Women’s Volleyball

 In three quick sets, The Master’s college volleyball team beat Hope International 3-0 (25-17,25-17,25-15) Tuesday night on Bross Court.

Sam Dougherty led the Lady Mustangs’ attack against the Royals with 18 kills and 14 digs. Aubrey Bekendam tallied 34 assists, while both Emily Clark and Rebecca Peluffo chipped in seven digs.

On Saturday, In the NAIA Volleyball Match of the week, the No. 12 nationally ranked Vanguard Lions topped the 11th-ranked Lady Mustangs 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 16-25, 25-21, 15-5) in Costa Mesa.

Dougherty led all scorers with 24 kills, while Bekendam chipped in 42 assists. Peluffo tallied 27 digs, while Dougherty contributed 20 more.

With the loss, the Lady Mustangs’ 2013 record now sits at 17-6, 6-4 in GSAC play.

Next up for the Lady Mustangs is a home match on Tuesday against 14th-ranked Westmont Warriors. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

The Master’s College women’s basketball team took to the court Wednesday night with an exhibition game against NCAA Division I Washington State University.

The Cougars routed the Lady Mustangs 94-47.

Zoe Scott led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with nine points, while Jacquelyn Marshall led the squad with nine rebounds.

In its second NCAA Division I exhibition game in three days, TMC tussled with the Eastern Washington Eagles at Reese Court on Friday Night, losing 87-74.

Marshall notched a double-double in the exhibition by scoring a team-high 20 points and yanked down 12 rebounds.

The Lady Mustangs will now prepare for their season opener on Friday at the Bill Holtz Classic against Northwest Christian. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

 Men’s Basketball

On Thursday, The Master’s College basketball team scrimmaged against Cal Lutheran at Bross Court.

Coming up this week, TMC will host an exhibition game against the University of Alaska Anchorage on Monday at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, the squad will open their season against West Coast Baptist in a 7 p.m. home game.

Finally, on Saturday, TMC will square off against Southern Oregon at 7 p.m. on Bross Court.

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