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The Master's College suffers tough loss

Hope International's Harmony Pruett scores game-winner in overtime

Posted: October 21, 2008 9:43 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The Master's Sierra Goff looks on after losing to No. 3 Hope International 2-1 in overtime at home, droping their league record to 4-3 and 9-5 overall.

A contrast in styles took place Tuesday at Bross Field, between two women's soccer teams ranked in the National Christian College Athletic Association.

The Master's College, ranked sixth in the NCCAA, played a methodic, patient, team-oriented offense with steady precision.

Hope International University of Fullerton, ranked third, had a one-player offense. Royals forward Harmony Pruett struck with a sudden attack behind two or three defenders.

It was the second offense that worked in a 2-1 Golden State Athletic Conference win in overtime.

Pruett scored both goals, including the difference-maker in sudden-death overtime, to put the Lady Royals on top.

In the 95th minute, Pruett took a long pass and beat her defender. A one-on-one opportunity against goalkeeper Maria Loza forced her to commit to the right side of the goal. Pruett simply put a light rolling ball to the other side.

"We played three flat in the back for a reason," Master's College head coach Curtis Lewis said. "That's what happens when you don't get on her."

Pruett scored her first goal on another breakaway chance in the 22nd minute, which tied the game at 1.

The forward stayed onside and scored on an assist by Kelly Galligan.

The Master's College is fourth in the GSAC with a 4-3 record (9-5 overall). Hope International is fifth (3-2-2, 10-2-3 overall).

"I was on the line," Pruett said of her game-winning goal. "She (defender Leslie White) cleared it in the open space just away. I was able to get there first and kick it past the keeper."

On the first goal, Pruett said she anticipated two TMC defenders to miss the ball. They did, and she was in the right place at the right time to score.

Master's College sophomore midfielder Sierra Goff, a Canyon graduate, scored the team's only goal. Goff waited for a pass from midfield by Natalie Totaro to bounce once, then booted the ball over goalkeeper Kayla Gabler, who made five saves in the game. The goal in the 16th minute gave TMC a 1-0 lead.

The score was followed by a plethora of missed opportunities. The Mustangs outshot Hope 13-4 and had six shots on goal to the Royals' three.

Goff missed just wide inside the goal box, then Bobbie Roberts kicked one wide, then another high within the first 15 minutes of the second half.

There were several loose balls and hard shots that were either cleared by Hope defenders or Gabler.
In the 76th minute, Loza helped preserve the tie, forcing overtime. She got on the ground to make a nice save on a ball kicked by Rachelle Myers.

Goff spun and shot, but Gabler dove for the save with eight minutes left in regulation. Andrea Reyes, a 5-foot-1 forward who won several balls over taller players, took a turn-and-rip shot that was saved by Gabler.


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