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TMC notebook: Soccer squads get tune-up before postseason

Men’s and women’s soccer teams complete regular season; GSAC tourney begins later this week

Posted: October 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College’s Kamalei Pihana, right, takes a pass against Biola University defenders on Tuesday at TMC. The Mustangs begin play in the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday.

 

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams wrapped up the regular season on Saturday, and both teams face uphill battles headed into this week’s Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.

Of the conference’s 11 teams, the top eight advance to the conference tournament, which begins on Tuesday for the women and Wednesday for men.

The teams will both play on the road in the opening round of the tournament due to seeding, and both will play against some of the conference’s top opponents.

In women’s volleyball, the Mustangs again faced a pair of opponents ranked in the National Association of Intercollegiate athletics top 25 poll this week.

Men’s Soccer


With two losses this week, the men’s team finished sixth in the GSAC, setting up a road matchup with either Azusa Pacific University or Concordia University in the first round of the conference tournament on Wednesday.

The Mustangs fell to Biola University on Tuesday 2-0 and San Diego Christian 2-1 on Saturday to fall a final record of 10-4-3 overall, 3-4-2 in the GSAC play on the season. It marked the third straight conference loss for TMC dating to Oct. 22.

TMC head coach Jim Rickard admitted he didn’t play all his starters in Saturday’s game, which was meaningless in terms of determining tournament seeding.

“Obviously I didn’t want go in with a three-game losing streak,” Rickard said, “but I wasn’t going to risk losing (starting forward) Jorge (Serrano). I pulled a couple guys out.”

In Tuesday’s match, it was the Eagles’ Zach Bautista who netted his team’s first goal in the 31st minute that proved the difference.

TMC’s offense struggled to match the opportunities the Eagles were able to find, as Biola outshot TMC 7-1 in the first half.

The Mustangs had an opportunity to tie the game in the second half, but Biola goalie Aaron Fenlason made a save on a shot from TMC’s Marcelo Silva.

TMC’s Andrew Bussell did his best to keep his team in the game, posting four saves in the first half.

The lone second half goal came on a TMC own goal with 3:29 remaining in the contest.

The trouble continued for the Mustangs on Saturday when they fell 2-1 to San Diego Christian in San Diego.

Marcelo Silva scored the lone goal for TMC in the  26th minute, but San Diego responded with goals from Emmanuel Onywera and Leandro Vienna who scored 68 seconds apart in the 33rd and 34th minute for the victory.

“I think we’ll be able to put it behind us,” Rickard said of the losing streak. “The concern is just to focus on Wednesday and play well that day. We just need to focus on that game and not worry about anything else.”

Women’s Soccer

One win and one loss this week left the Mustangs with a No. 7 seed in the GSAC tournament, which means they’ll travel to face either Azusa Pacific or Biola.

TMC will have some momentum going into the tournament coming off a 4-1 victory over San Diego Christian in Saturday’s season finale in El Cajon.

“It was good for us to get some goal scoring and just kind of get something positive going into the tournament,” said Mustangs head coach Curtis Lewis.

Saturday’s win was a bounceback from TMC’s 2-1 double-overtime loss to Biola on Wednesday at Reese Field.
Hart High graduate Katie Trevino knocked in two goals against San Diego Christian in the 32nd minute and the final goal of the game in the 62nd minute while teammate Jessica Long and added two goals of her own, in the 25th and 34th minute.

TMC finished the season 10-8 overall, 4-5 GSAC, but Lewis believes record don’t always tell the story when it comes to the GSAC tourney.

“I think we really have a good shot of pushing through and getting to that next round,” Lewis said. “And we’re definitely going to have to bring our A game.”

Women’s Volleyball


Fresno Pacific defeated The Master’s College 3-1 by scores of 25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 26-24 on Tuesday to drop the Mustangs’ record to 17-11 overall, 5-8 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

The Mustangs fought hard throughout the match, pulling a set off the No. 8 ranked Sunbirds during the second set of the match.

Alyssa Gergins led the Mustangs with 21 assists, and Rebecca Gieske had a game-high 22 digs. Samantha Dougherty and Tami Brown notched 11 kills each.

In that set, TMC pulled ahead early in the match and limited mistakes to ensure the victory. Five different Mustangs added kills in the victory as TMC won the set 25-18.

The Mustangs were able to stay close in the pivotal third set early, but Fresno pulled away with a 25-19 victory.

Despite being down two sets to one, the Mustangs stayed close again in the fourth set and never trailed by more than five points. After Fresno went ahead 17-12, Master’s pulled ahead with an 8-0 run to take a 20-18 lead. During the run, Dougherty and Tami Brown added two kills each before the Sunbirds righted the ship to win the set 26-24.

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