October 09, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Vanguard’s senior midfielder Charlotte Wisniewski scored the golden goal in overtime as the NAIA’s 10th-ranked team went on to beat the Lady Mustangs 1-0. It was the 20th-ranked Mustangs’ first home loss of the year and dropped their record to 9-2-2.
Tied for first place in the conference, both teams entered Tuesday’s showdown looking to establish dominance in the Golden State Athletic Conference. When the match at Reese Field went into overtime, it only took 1 minute and 45 seconds to give the Lions the undisputed lead in the GSAC.
However, the Lady Mustangs’ loss did not come as a result of a lack of effort. Nor was it without substantial promise for the remainder of the season.
Demonstrating the Mustangs’ offensive effort in the first half, TMC outshot the Pride, 5-3. Even though Vanguard’s offense shone in the second stanza, the Lions only led the box score with six shots compared to the Mustangs’ four.
Equally impressive was the TMC defense. Senior goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA), the NAIA’s “Defensive Player of the Week”, saved five shots on goal and anchored the Mustangs’ defense through two scoreless halves.
“Our girls played very well. It’s hard to take away a whole lot of negative things when your team really competes well through the whole game,” comments Mustang coach Curtis Lewis. ““I thought there were some moments that we played really well. We bent a lot at times and credit goes to Vanguard for being able to take home the victory. We have to right the ship, look past this, and prepare for this coming Saturday.”
TMC has the opportunity to do just that as the squad looks to rebound against San Diego Christian, the GSAC’s sixth-place team. Kick-off is set for 12:00 PM at Reese Field.