August 29, 2012
SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Jessica Long floated in a goal with just under 13 minutes left to play and The Master's College women's soccer team made it stand up as the Mustangs stunned 13th-ranked Cal State San Marcos Wednesday evening in San Marcos.
It was the Mustangs' second win over an NAIA Top 25 team in less than two weeks. The club defeated No. 16 Trinity Christian of Illinois 2-0 in the season opener on August 18. The big road win snapped a two-game winless streak and put the Mustangs over the .500 mark at 2-1-1.
Long's goal at the 77:01 mark capped off an evening in which the Mustangs had several scoring chances, especially in the first half, while outshooting the Cougars 8-6. Three of those shots were on goal and Long's tally was the only one that made into the net. Taking a pass from Ashlea Andrade, the Wailuku, Hawaii, native put the ball over the arms of Cougar goalie Amanda Sears from 20 yards out for the game-winner.
That proved to be enough as the Mustang defense kept the Cougars from getting a shot off the rest of the way. In fact, the Cougars failed to put a shot on goal all evening and Mustang keeper Ilyssa Espiritu registered her second shutout of the early season.
After three straight road matches, the Mustangs now return home to take on Occidental on Labor Day. Kickoff is set for 11:00am on Reese Field.