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College soccer: TMC holds Westmont back

No. 4 Mustangs withstand a late charge from GSAC foe in their regular season home finale

Posted: October 26, 2010 10:21 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Westmont’s Alison Hensley (2) battles for possession with The Master’s College’s Alissa Adkins on Tuesday at Reese Field.

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The Master's College knows it's going to get challenged once postseason play starts.

So when Westmont refused to quit Tuesday afternoon, the Mustangs welcomed the test.

Robyn Estrada and Emily Bruton scored goals and The Master's College thwarted a second-half rally by Westmont to win 2-1 at Reese Field.

Trailing 2-0 midway through the second half, the Warriors (7-7-2, 4-5 Golden State Athletic Conference) scored when midfielder Ashley Correa sent a cross into the box that was headed home by midfielder Jenny Martinez.

Up to that point, the Mustangs (15-1-1, 8-1), who are No. 4 in the latest NAIA women's soccer rankings, had controlled the run of play.

"All credit to Westmont," said TMC head coach Curtis Lewis. "They're never out of the game. Once they got that goal, they started pushing."

Westmont's constant pressure forced Mustangs goalkeeper Amanda DuRocher Diamond to be alert over the final 30 minutes of play.

The Master's College held particularly strong during a sequence with around 10 minutes left when Westmont had two corner kicks and then a free kick just outside of the 18-yard box.

In all three instances, the Warriors were turned away.

"We do preach pressure," said Westmont assistant coach Dan Ribbens. "We try to play fast. Against a hard-working team, if you don't keep the ball moving you get penalized."

The Warriors were penalized late in the first half, when a giveaway at midfield led to The Master's College's first goal.

Midfielder Bobbie Roberts slid a pass into the top of the box for Estrada, who tipped the ball into the lower left-hand corner.

Early in the second half, Bruton capitalized on another misplay by Westmont. TMC forward Kristyn Richards booted a long ball down the left wing that got past the Westmont defense.

Bruton ran onto the ball, took a couple touches and buried an impressive left-footed shot far post to give her team a 2-0 lead.

"I knew where it needed to go," Bruton said of the shot. "I'm surprised it went where it did."

Lewis was also pleased with the way his team didn't rest on its goals.

The fact that the Mustangs were dominating possession made Westmont's goal all the more surprising.

"I felt like we lost a little sense of urgency," DuRocher Diamond said. "We need to get a better killer instinct."

The Mustangs totaled six shots on goal, while Westmont managed four. DuRocher Diamond was only credited with two saves, but she snagged several dangerous balls out of the air in the second half.

The Master's College also committed 13 fouls to Westmont's four, something that Lewis said needed to be cleaned up.

"I'm neither super-excited nor disappointed," he said. "We just came to work today and did our job."

The Master's College finishes the regular season with a trip to Biola on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The GSAC Tournament begins next Tuesday.

 

 

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