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TMC notebook: It’s playoff time for Mustangs

TMC notebook: Some teams finish up play; basketball season under way

Posted: November 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 


Playoffs are under way for the The Master’s College fall sports, and so far, so good for at least one team — men’s cross country.

Anchored by first and second-place individual finishes, men’s cross country claimed a not-so-surprising victory in the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships at Fresno Pacific University on Saturday.

It’s the second straight GSAC championship for the men’s cross country team, which won it for the first time last year.
In the category of surprising, the women’s soccer team pulled off an upset in the first round of the GSAC tournament, besting Biola in a shootout on Tuesday.

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams are now out of the conference tournament and will likely not qualify for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament. 

Elsewhere on campus, the men’s and women’s basketball teams opened their regular seasons this week.

Cross Country
With a team time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 43 seconds, the men’s team beat out Biola in Saturday’s competition.
TMC runners John Gilbertson (24:05) and Anthony Pizzo (24:08) finished first and second, respectively, as individuals to lead the way.

Matthew Crichton, Paul Jesson and Josiah Downer rounded out the scoring runners for the Mustangs.

Next up for the men will be the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Wash. in two weeks.

The women’s team may also be headed to nationals after a fourth-place finish in the GSAC Tournament, the team’s highest in school history.

An overall team time of 1:33:46 finished about five minutes behind Azusa Pacific’s winning mark of 1:28:56.

The women’s team was led individually by Holly Kopp’s fifth-place time of 18:02.

Though the women didn’t earn an automatic berth to the NAIA Championships, they can still make it via an at-large bid, which are based on NAIA coaches’ rankings.

Women’s Soccer
The women entered tournament play as the No. 7 seed and knocked off No. 2 seed Biola 1-1 (4-2 in PKs) in first round of the GSAC Tournament on Tuesday. The run ended on Friday, though, as Azusa Pacific defeated the Mustangs 2-1. With the loss, the Mustangs hopes of reaching the NAIA tournament are doubtful.

Men’s Soccer
The Mustangs lost in the first round of the GSAC Tournament on Wednesday 2-1 to Concordia. Similar to the women’s squad, the loss likely means TMC will be left out of the NAIA tournament.

Men’s Golf
TMC finished third in the Mustang Invitational at Robinson Ranch, a two-day tournament that ran from Monday to Tuesday. Thane Ringler was TMC’s top finisher with a fifth-place score of 2-over. Following up Ringler was Michael Reitz, who shot a 3-over to tie for sixth place. CSU-San Marcos won the tournament with a team score of 11-over and TMC finished at 18-over.

Men’s Basketball
The Mustangs opened the season with a 68-63 win against Northwest Christian in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday. Devin Dyer led TMC with 12 points.

Women’s Basketball
It was a successful opening to the season for TMC’s women’s basketball team, as it secured a 76-59 win over Simpson at Bross Gym on Friday. Zoe Scott led the way for the Mustangs, posting 18 points.

Women’s Volleyball
The Mustangs dropped a match to Concordia on Tuesday, falling 3-1 by scores of 25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22.

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