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TMC women's soccer: Mustangs’ fresh start

TMC women win first ever NAIA Tournament match

Posted: November 20, 2010 10:31 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2010 10:31 p.m.
 

The Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament did not go quite the way The Master’s College women’s soccer team had hoped.

The NAIA Tournament, however, is going just as planned.

The Mustangs shook off a slow start to win its first-ever NAIA opening-round game 3-0 over Maine-Fort Kent on Saturday at Reese Field.

“We are a tournament team,” said TMC head coach Curtis Lewis. “We have proved that over the last two years.”

In 2008, the Mustangs advanced to the finals of the National Christian College Athletic Association tourney, where they lost 2-1 to Olivet Nazarene. However, TMC returned the favor in 2009, beating Olivet 4-1 in the championship game.

It’s that experience that Lewis believes will propel his team when they take on California Baptist in NAIA Tournament play on Nov. 30 in Decatur, Ala.

On Saturday, Emily Bruton, Alissa Adkins and Canyon graduate Sierra Goff each recorded goals for TMC. Bobbie Roberts had two assists, while Goff and Rachel Hartenberger each added one. Amanda Diamond and Ilyssa Espiritu combined for the shutout in goal.

The Mustangs outshot Maine-Fort Kent 30-5 in the game.

TMC’s trip to the NAIA Tournament is the program’s first.

Right off the bat, the team will have a chance to avenge its loss to Cal Baptist, a team that it beat 5-1 during the regular season before falling on penalty kicks during the GSAC tourney.

“We know exactly how to  play them and we know we can beat them,” Lewis said.

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