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NAIA soccer: TMC women ousted in Alabama

Cal Baptist beats Mustangs in NAIA second round

Posted: November 30, 2010 10:11 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Since the beginning of the season, The Master’s College women’s soccer team been has had one primary focus — make it to the NAIA Tournament.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the stay was a short one.

The Mustangs gave up three second-half goals and fell 3-0 in the second round to Golden State Athletic Conference rival California Baptist on Tuesday in Decatur, Ala.

“We kind of joked about it. Our goal was to make it to Alabama,” said TMC head coach Curtis Lewis. “I said, ‘You know, we should have put our goals a bit higher.’ We did what we said we were going to do.”

The first round was played on Nov. 20 at The Master’s College, a game TMC won 3-0 over Maine-Fort Kent. It was the first time the women’s team had advanced to the NAIA tourney.

“That is a big step for our team,” Lewis said. “I looked at the seniors tonight and said, ‘You took us from being 2-12-2 (in 2007) to 17-3-2 (this year).’ That is quite a turn for those seniors to be a part of.”

Tuesday’s loss marks the Mustangs’ second of the season to the Lancers (15-5-2).

Cal Baptist beat TMC in penalty kicks in the first round of the GSAC Tournament on Nov. 5. The Mustangs won the two teams' first meeting of the season — 5-1 on Oct. 2.

On Tuesday, Lancers midfielder Bernadette Witz broke a scoreless tie in the 53rd minute on a cross from Kylee Nicassio.
The goal opened the floodgates as the Mustangs pushed forward and began taking more risks.

Less than a minute after Witz got her team on the board, teammate Tami Hays added Cal Baptist’s second score on a bending shot over TMC goalkeeper Amanda Durocher. Megan Merrett headed in the final tally in the 72nd minute.

Durocher finished with six saves despite wet and muddy conditions that Lewis said took his team out of its game.

“We tried to help them understand that you can’t make the small technical passes that we are used to,” Lewis said. “I would say that between the (18-yard boxes), we dominated the game. When it comes to the top of the box where we like to make little passes, we didn’t shoot. And today was a day where we needed to shoot the ball.”

The Mustangs were outshot 12-7 on the day. Of their seven shots, three were on goal, and none were from GSAC Player of the Year Emily Bruton, who had 18 goals on the season.

“I think to some extent, we started relying on Emily,” he said. “We needed some other girls to step up, and we just didn’t do it.”


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