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College soccer: The Mustangs celebrate opener

No. 23 TMC wins conference game

Posted: September 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Master's College sophomore Shea Richards (7) shoots against Biola University in the second half at TMC on Tuesday.

 

Headed into overtime of its all-important conference opener, The Master’s College women’s soccer head coach Curtis Lewis reminded his team how thrilling it is to charge the field in celebration.

The Mustangs wasted little time scoring the game-clinching goal to secure a 2-1 win over Biola University in both teams’ Golden State Athletic Conference opener on Tuesday at Reese Field.

And yes, TMC players got to charge the field to celebrate with sophomore Shea Richards after her winning score less than three minutes into the first overtime period.

It was her second goal of the game scored from almost the exact same spot from the deep left side and angled inside the far post.

“We had to end it as soon as possible,” Richards said. “We’re all running around working our butts off.”

The play began when TMC’s Giannina Loza took a corner kick and tapped it to Richards on a short pass, which set her up with the chance to take a shot with no defender nearby.

Her kick soared over the crowd of defenders in the 18-yard box angled just inside the corner of the goal, giving the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 23rd-ranked Mustangs (6-1-2 overall, 1-0-0 GSAC) a victory.

“She can absolutely laser the ball, so any time she gets a chance to shoot, we tell her to shoot,” Lewis said.

Richards scored her first goal in the 17th minute after receiving a throw-in from Jasmine Benson.

That gave TMC a 1-0 lead before Biola (3-4-1, 0-1-0) tied it up with an Amanda Lillicrop score in the 24th minute.

After what Lewis called sloppy play in the first half, the second half turned into a battle despite the lack of scoring.

TMC tried to get the ball to the outside where the midfielders could work the ball up field, but the Eagles held off through the remainder of regulation.

“They are a very organized team, a very difficult team to break down,” Lewis said of the Eagles. “They’re one of the most organized teams in the GSAC, so to get two goals off them is big.”

The Mustangs will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz. to face Arizona Christian on Saturday in another GSAC contest.

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