October 20, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The Lady Mustangs (10-4-2 overall, 5-3 GSAC) put their three-game losing streak to rest against Arizona Christian (4-9-1, 1-7 GSAC) Saturday afternoon in a 4-0 victory.
Saturday’s match was also significant as the Mustangs celebrated eight seniors who made significant contributions to the soccer program, both on and off the field. Representing the senior class were Alethia Stroup (Alabaster, AL), Janelle Sullivan (Riverside, CA), Ashlea Andrade (Las Vegas, NV), Giannina Loza (Corona, CA), Danielle Hollinger (Agua Dulce, CA), Rachel Myers (Auburn, CA), and Kristyn Richards (Lancaster, CA). The seniors, as well as the rest of the Mustangs, took to the pitch one last time in the regular-season home finale.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to get some good minutes and also for some of our players who haven’t gotten as much playing time,” said Mustang head coach Curtis Lewis. “I think our seniors provided great leadership as we were able to dominate all aspects of the game play and really get the ball back in the net after a three- game losing streak.”
The Lady Mustangs scored early and often in the first half as Jasmine Benson (Corona, CA) began the day by scoring in unassisted fashion 11 minutes into the first stanza. Trailing Benson’s goal by two and a half minutes, Kristyn Richards extended TMC’s lead to 2-0 with an assist from Loza. Myers extended the Mustangs’ lead with the third goal of the match in the final two minutes of the first period.
Twelve minutes into the second period, Loza assisted on strong-legged Shea Richards' (Lancaster, CA) team-leading 11th goal of the season for a 4-0 lead.
Hollinger led TMC with three shots on goal, followed by Shea Richards with two. Goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA) demonstrated defensive excellence as the Lady Mustang notched her sixth shutout of the season.
While Saturday marked the last regular-season home match for the Lady Mustangs in 2012, TMC’s season is not over yet. Coach Lewis and his Mustangs face a tall order as the squad travels to No. 23 Concordia (8-6, 3-5 GSAC) on Tuesday, October 23, looking to hold on to the third seed in the upcoming GSAC Tournament. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00pm.