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TMC Notebook: No signs of slowing down

Gilbertson honored for cross country; men’s soccer still unbeaten

Posted: September 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The Master’s College cross country team continued racking up highlights this week, as top men’s runner John Gilbertson was named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national Runner of the Week for his performance on Sept. 17, and the team improved its national rank to No. 7.

Men’s soccer had a successful week despite the loss of a 2010 All-Golden State Athletic Conference first-team player for the season, racking up a win and a tie to stay undefeated.

Women’s Volleyball added a win of its own over Westmont to go above .500 in conference play.

Soccer

The Mustangs men’s soccer team defeated Bethesda University on Tuesday 3-1, in a match that saw TMC explode for three second-half goals.

Joshua Hoeft scored the game’s first goal to give TMC (7-0-1) a 1-0 lead off of a set piece resulting from Bethesda’s Lumi Kim’s red card in the 56th minute.

The red card highlighted a game that saw 43 total fouls.

Fabrice Gautrat added the Mustangs’ second goal of the game in the 66th minute off a header to give TMC the 2-0 lead.
Gautrat added another header in the 74th minute before Bethesda’s Yungil Choo scored with 12 minutes to play for the final 3-1 score.

“We finished our chances well in the second half,” said Mustangs head coach Jim Rickar. “They are a very, very good team … They were very talented, they had great possession, and moved the ball. We played well, we did what we needed to do and we moved the ball well.”

TMC returned to the pitch Saturday against Cal State San Marcos at COC, when head coach Jim Rickard was honored for his 250th career victory.

The Mustangs managed a 0-0 tie in the match to stay undefeated on the year.

TMC suffered from the loss of three seniors, including last year All-GSAC midfielder Doug Armstrong, who found out Friday he will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury.

Next up for the Mustangs will be the opening game of conference play against Vanguard in Costa Mesa on Saturday at 6 p.m.

“(During the non-conference season) I learned that we need to work on our defensive pressure a little bit,” Rickard said. “We pressured well at the beginning of games but we lose that pressure a little bit. It could be game fitness, we’re fit, but game fitness is a little different.

On the women’s side, the Mustangs played tough against No. 9 ranked San Marcos, but fell 1-0 on Saturday to drop their record to 6-3.

Cross Country

After finishing in second place individually at the UC Riverside Invitational on Sept. 17, TMC’s John Gilbertson was named the NAIA National Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 12 to Sept. 18.

Gilbertson ran a 23:55 in the 8K race to set a school record, finishing one-tenth of a second ahead of teammate Anthony Pizzo and behind only NCAA Division I Southern Utah’s

The Mustangs men’s team is now ranked No. 7 in the NAIA coaches poll.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mustangs traveled to Westmont and defeated the Warriors 18-25, 25-18, 25-18, 29-27 to win the match 3-0.

The come-from-behind victory was fueled by COC kills leader Samantha Dougherty, who finished with 18 kills and 16 digs with three aces on the day.

After dropping the first set, TMC (15-4) fell behind early in the second set before using a 14-4 run on its way to tying the match up at 1-1.

The Mustangs came out stronger in the third set taking a quick 9-0 lead. Master’s went ahead 22-11 before Westmont went on a surge of its own before Master’s sealed the 25-18 victory.

Westmont took an early lead in the fourth set, hoping to force a fifth set, but the Mustangs went on a 5-0 run after trailing 7-3 early in the set. TMC trailed 21-19 before the Mustangs closed out the match with two-straight points.

The Mustangs faced San Diego Christian at Bross Gym on Saturday night.

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