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TMC Insider: Fall season kicks off

Posted: August 24, 2014 10:32 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2014 10:32 p.m.

The Master's College's Sydney Hamilton competes in the Biola Red Lion Anaheim Summer Slam Tournament last week in La Mirada. TMC Sports Information/Courtesy photo


It’s been an eventful couple of weeks at The Master’s College. During the first week of August, official practices for the fall sports season began. Since then, Mustangs volleyball has competed in five matches, while the men’s and women’s soccer teams have been out of state playing against some of the nation’s best teams.

Women’s Volleyball

The Lady Mustangs have already played three matches against teams ranked in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics top 25.

After a season-opening 3-1 loss to Viterbo University, who ranked 15th at the time, the Lady Mustangs looked to rebound last Thursday at the start of the 2014 Biola Red Lion Anaheim Summer Slam Tournament.

On Thursday, the 19th-ranked Lady Mustangs took to the court to face the No. 7 Midland University Warriors.

TMC fell short 3-1 despite taking the opening set in a dramatic 26-24 victory. The Mustangs went on to drop the next three frames (23-25,
20-25, 18-25).

Later that afternoon, the Mustangs shrugged off their morning performance by coming out hot in a 3-0 win over Bellevue University.

The next day, TMC finished its time at the tournament by struggling against the 13th-ranked Dordt College Defenders in an early morning 3-2 loss, but bounced back in the nightcap by beating Concordia University of Oregon with a thrilling 3-2 victory. TMC’s overall record now sits at 2-3.

Looking ahead, the Lady Mustangs will take to the road on Monday for a helpful tune-up scrimmage at Azusa Pacific University, only to return on Tuesday to the friendly confines of Bross Court for their 7 p.m. home opener against West Coast Baptist College.

Women’s Soccer

On Saturday, TMC team opened its season with a 3-2 lost to Oregon-based Concordia University, the No. 1 team in the NAIA, in Medford, Ore.

Concordia, who only once in 2013 allowed a team to score twice in a game, faced a consistent and relentless offensive effort from the Lady Mustangs when Natasha Coyle gave TMC a 1-0 lead off a penalty kick 15 minutes into the first half.

After the Cavaliers answered back with a score from a penalty kick in the first half, the Lady Mustangs regained the lead 13 minutes into the second half when Tara Struiksma scored off a corner kick from the far right corner which curved into the bottom left corner of the Cavaliers’ net.

However, in the final 20 minutes of the match, Concordia buckled down and posted back-to-back goals that ultimately put the game out of reach.

Statistically, Struiksma paced TMC by posting three shots, three shots on goal, and one goal, while Coyle tallied three shots, two shots on goal, and another goal. Defensively, Jessica Zubia played a full 90 minutes as goalkeeper, collecting three saves along the way.

TMC’s time in Oregon isn’t quite finished as the squad will play Southern Oregon University on Monday. First kick is slated for 11 a.m. in Medford. Last season, the Lady Mustangs beat the Raiders 2-1 in overtime at Reese Field.

Men’s Soccer

The Mustangs opened the 2014 season Thursday afternoon, falling 1-0 to the University of Great Falls on the first day of the Westminster Kickoff Classic in Salt Lake City.

Later, on Saturday, TMC suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Westminster of Utah, the tournament’s host team.

TMC’s second loss in three days dropped them to 0-2.

The Mustangs hope to bounce back on Tuesday when they host Marymount in their home opener. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. on Reese Field.

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