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TMC men's soccer rolls into the quarters

Mustangs reach final eight of the NAIA National Tournament; will play Wednesday

Posted: November 30, 2009 10:49 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The Master’s College’s men’s soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Tournament thanks to a 1-0 victory over Indiana Tech on Monday in Fresno.

Junior defender Andy Hegg scored on a penalty kick in the 42nd minute to lift the Mustangs (18-2-2), who came out sluggish after nine days off.

“We were a little worried about coming out rusty,” said TMC head coach Jim Rickard. “The most important thing was to win the game. It was ugly but we accomplished our goal.”

Hegg teamed with sophomore defender and Hart graduate Fabrice Gautrat to wall off the net from Indiana Tech, which moved the ball around with five midfielders and tried to get deep down the field with free kicks, according to Rickard.

The Mustangs gradually began to control the run of play and kept the pressure on Indiana Tech in the second half.

“We were moving the ball well and getting stuck 30 yards out and not pulling the trigger,” Rickard said. “The second half, we played a lot better.”

The penalty kick was called after TMC junior defender Matt Cox was shoved down by Indiana Tech in the penalty box.

Hegg then stepped up and buried the shot in the lower right-hand corner of the net.

“We work on (penalty kicks), and we determined in the past we’re going to decide who’s going to take a kick before it happens,” Rickard said. “(Hegg) is our designated taker. He’s a pretty determined guy.”

Mustangs senior goalkeeper Kevin Lawson made three saves and posted his 13th shutout of the season.

The Master’s College will now await the winner of Tuesday’s match between Notre Dame College of Ohio and Benedictine College of Atchison, Kan.

Rickard said his team hasn’t played either potential opponent this season, nor has it seen either play.

“I don’t know anything about them,” he said. “We’re going to watch the game (today) and try to learn stuff.”

TMC’s quarterfinal match is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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