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The Master's College Year in Review: Taking it national

Posted: June 28, 2010 10:26 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The Master’s College forward Jacob Marchesani led the men’s soccer team to the Golden State Athletic Conference title, and the Mustangs finished as NAIA runners-up.

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If there is one thing we learned about The Master’s College in 2009-2010, it’s that the Mustangs can compete at the national level.

Jeff Jackson won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship in the marathon, the men’s soccer team advanced to the NAIA final, the women’s soccer team won the National Christian College Athletic Association title and Anthony Pizzo qualified for the NAIA cross country nationals.

TMC athletes were also nationally recognized, with six NAIA All-Americans, 10 NCCAA All-Americans and 18 NAIA/NCCAA Scholar-Athletes.

Sept. 26
Both men’s and women’s soccer teams open Golden State Athletic Conference play with wins. The men get a hat trick from sophomore Joel Peluffo in a dominant 5-0 win over Point Loma Nazarene and the women get goals from Bobbie Roberts and Robyn Estrada to edge Point Loma Nazarene 2-1.

Oct. 1
Joel Peluffo has his second consecutive hat trick, leading the Mustangs to a 4-2 win over Fresno Pacific.

Oct. 10
Cross country runner Brooke Vincent sets a women’s school record at the Vanguard Invitational at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. Canyon High graduate Anthony Pizzo ties a school record for the men and finishes second at the meet.

Jacob Marchesani scores in the 12th minute to push the Mustangs men’s soccer team to 5-0 in conference play with a 1-0 win over San Diego Christian College.

Oct. 14
The men’s soccer team upsets No. 23 Azusa Pacific 3-1 behind goals from Jon Roberts, Joel Peluffo and Matt Cox.

Oct. 27
Emily Bruton scores in overtime to seal a 2-1 win over Westmont for the women’s soccer team. TMC’s Andie Reyes scores in the fourth minute but Westmont scores in the 90th to send the game to overtime.

Oct. 31

TMC’s men’s soccer team clinches its first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season championship with a 2-1 win over Biola. The Mustangs jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first half on an own goal in the 13th minute and a goal from Marlon Lindo in the 24th.

Nov. 4
The men’s soccer team picks up right where it left off with a 1-0 first-round win over Cal Baptist in the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament. Forward Joel Peluffo scores in the fourth minute and goalkeeper Kevin Lawson shuts down the Lancers offense.

Nov. 7
The men’s soccer team advances to the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament championship game with a shootout victory over Westmont. Deadlocked at 0-0 through regulation and two overtime periods, the Mustangs convert on all five penalty kicks and goalkeeper Kevin Lawson comes up with a key save to seal the victory.

Nov. 13
Jenna Reed leads all scorers with 25 points to lead TMC women’s basketball to a 97-63 win over Cal Maritime in the season opener.

Nov. 14
The Mustangs’ men’s soccer team outshoots Biola 16-10 and gets key saves from goalkeeper Kevin Lawson to beat Biola 3-1, winning the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament. With the win, TMC secures a bid to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament.

Nov. 21
The men’s soccer team gets a goal from freshman Marcelo Silva to seal a 1-0 victory over Holy Names in the first round of the NAIA tournament. Silva scores in the eighth minute to send the Mustangs to the round of 16.

The men’s basketball team begins its season 3-0 with a 74-64 win over Academy of Art from San Francisco. Junior guard Joey Fuca has a career-high 30 points in the win.

Nov. 22
Canyon graduate Anthony Pizzo is TMC’s lone representative at the NAIA cross country national meet in Vancouver, Wash. Pizzo finishes 191st despite battling a sickness.

Nov. 30
The Mustangs’ men’s soccer team advances to the NAIA quarterfinals with another 1-0 win over Indiana Tech in Fresno. The lone goal comes from junior defender Andy Hegg, who scores on a penalty kick in the 42nd minute.

Dec. 2
The men’s soccer advances to its first ever NAIA semifinal with a 3-1 win over Notre Dame of Ohio in the quarterfinals.

Freshman Ashlea Andrade scores an overtime goal to push the women’s soccer team to a 1-0 opening-round win over Palm Beach Atlantic in the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament.

Dec. 3
TMC women’s soccer team scores four goals in the first half, including two from junior forward Emily Bruton, to earn a 4-1 win over Judson University in the NCCAA quarterfinals.

Dec. 4
Scoreless through regulation and two overtime periods, TMC men’s soccer beats the University of Rio Grande 7-6 on penalty kicks in the NAIA semifinals to advance to the national title game against top-ranked Lindsey Wilson.

Dec. 5
TMC junior forward Emily Bruton is named tournament MVP and leads the women’s soccer team to an NCCAA title with a 4-1 win over Olivet Nazarene. Bruton has a goal and an assist in the title match.

The TMC men’s soccer team makes its own trip to a national championship game but falls 1-0 in the NAIA title game to Lindsey Wilson College.

Dec. 12
Brittany Henderson post game highs with 18 points and nine rebounds in the TMC women’s basketball team’s 81-39 rout of San Diego Christian.

The Mustang men get 20 points each from Leif Karlberg and Thomas Millar to beat San Diego Christian 93-67.

Jan. 23
TMC men’s basketball improves to 13-6 overall and 6-3 in Golden State Athletic Conference play with a 74-71 win over Point Loma Nazarene. Guard Joey Fuca leads the Mustangs with 24 points.

Jan. 30
The Mustangs men’s basketball team ekes out a 58-57 win over Vanguard behind 16 points from Dean Hadley and 13 from Raphael Harris.

Mustangs baseball sweeps of Patten to open its season with wins in a Saturday doubleheader. Chris Talley goes 4-for-5 and Pete Goeman has three RBIs in the 13-3 win in game one and Joe Zeller, Steve Vranau and Talley all have two RBIs in the 9-0 victory in the nightcap.

Feb. 2
The men’s basketball team uses a balanced attack to best Azusa Pacific 65-62. The Mustangs (15-7, 8-4) are led by Joey Fuca, who has 17 points and seven assists. Raphael Harris, Dean Hadley and Leif Karlberg also score in double figures.

Feb. 6
Joey Fuca leads the way with 23 points, five assists and four rebounds as the men’s basketball team beats San Diego Christian 89-77.

TMC’s women’s basketball team beats San Diego Christian 80-71 behind 20 points and eight rebounds from Jenna Reid and 17 points and 11 rebounds from Brittany Henderson.

Feb. 18
All five starters finish in double figures in the women’s basketball team’s 82-71 win over Cal Baptist. Erica Inge leads the way with 18 points.

March 1
Annie Gillespie scores 20 points to lead four Mustangs in an 81-69 victory over Fresno Pacific in the final game of the regular season.

The baseball team sweeps San Diego Christian in a doubleheader. Steve Vranau has four RBIs in the 12-11 win in game one and Joe Zeller has a solo home run in the second game, a 2-0 victory.

March 4
Despite two previous wins over Azusa Pacific in the regular season, the men’s basketball team falls to the Cougars 80-59 in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.

April 8
The baseball team rallies for seven runs in the eighth and ninth innings to top Westmont 11-5. Joe Zeller goes 4-for-6 with three RBIs to lead the Mustangs.

April 10
TMC baseball sweeps Westmont in a doubleheader, 6-2 and 7-2. David Goodenough allows only two hits and one earned run through eight innings in the opening game and Joe Zeller has two RBIs. Zeller pitches the second game and strikes out 11 in the win.

April 14
TMC baseball wins its fifth straight with a 4-3 win over Point Loma Nazarene. Pitcher Zack Anderson strikes out nine over eight innings and Joe Zeller has three RBIs.

April 15
Chris Talley is 3-for-4 for the baseball team in a 4-3 win over Point Loma Nazarene in 10 innings. Joe Zeller has the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 10th.

April 21
Chris Talley ends the game with a walk-off single that scores Pete Goeman in the baseball team’s 4-3 win over Azusa Pacific.

April 24
TMC baseball sweeps Azusa Pacific in a doubleheader, 9-7 and 17-14. Joe Zeller and Jared Otto hit home runs in the first game Zeller adds another home run in the second.

May 1
TMC baseball ends its regular season with a doubleheader split with Biola. Joe Zeller hits his ninth home run of the season in the first game, a 5-4 loss, and Jacob Miranda pitches a complete game with eight strikeouts in the second, a 12-4 win.

May 10
TMC baseball begins postseason play with a 4-1 loss to Fresno Pacific in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference playoffs. Ben Ives drives in the only run for the Mustangs, who move to the losers bracket.

May 11
Matt Johnson hits a three-run home run to help keep TMC baseball’s season alive with a 9-6 win over Concordia in the Golden State Athletic Conference playoffs.

May 12
TMC baseball bows out of the Golden State Athletic Conference playoffs with a 10-5 loss to Fresno Pacific. Matt Johnson hits another three-run home run in the loss.

May 29
Jeff Jackson becomes TMC’s first-ever track and field NAIA champion with a win in the marathon at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field championships in Marion, Ind.

June 8

Joe Zeller is drafted in the 28th round by the Chicago Cubs during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.


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