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TMC women’s soccer eligible for NCCAA tourney

Posted: November 3, 2009 10:14 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Although The Master’s College women’s soccer team was eliminated in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament with a 1-0 loss to Point Loma Nazarene on Tuesday in San Diego, the Mustangs’ season may not be over just yet.

Because of its dual affiliation with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Christian College Athletic Association, TMC (12-5-2) may simply turn its attention elsewhere.

The GSAC belongs to the NAIA.

With the NCCAA Tournament scheduled for Dec. 1-6 in Kissimmee, Fl., the Mustangs have a chance to extend their season — should they choose to.

“I’m letting the girls decide,” said TMC head coach Curtis Lewis. “We had a little pow-wow after the game, and everyone was pretty conclusive that they didn’t want to end on that. We didn’t play very well today.”

Lewis expects his team to make a decision on the NCCAA Tournament later today.

Point Loma Nazarene (12-4-1) registered the game’s only goal when freshman forward Brooke Winklepleck sent a header off a corner kick past TMC senior goalkeeper Amanda Durocher in the 34th minute.

Durocher finished with six saves and kept TMC in the game all afternoon.

“She was probably our best player today,” Lewis said.

Mustangs Robyn Estrada and Bobbie Roberts each registered three total shots, but could not get anything past Sea Lions freshman goalkeeper Tiffany Kracy, who came into the match tied for first in the GSAC with an 86 percent save percentage and 0.48 goals against average.

Kracy came up with five saves against TMC, which was unable to cash in on multiple opportunities inside the 6-yard box.

Lewis also said that passing was a problem for his team.

“We just couldn’t connect today,” he said. “I don’t know if we were able to put three passes together.”

Winklepleck led Point Loma Nazarene with four total shots, three on goal.

Meanwhile, TMC’s Emily Bruton continued to push the Sea Lions and recorded one shot, while teammates Kayla Davis, Sierra Goff, Rachel Hartenberger and Lauren Fretz also recorded one shot apiece.

If the team does decide to go to the NCCAA Tournament, it must first play Hope International on Nov. 14 in a playoff game.

However, Lewis said it is likely that Hope International would elect to forfeit.

“We just have to regroup and do some damage out there in Florida,” he said.

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