Lady Mustangs Shut Out Visiting Sunbirds
The Master's College women's soccer team beat Fresno Pacific in a dominating fashion Tuesday afternoon by a score of 4-0. The strong effort from Master's puts their record at 9-6 (3-3) and drops Fresno's record to 5-6 (1-5).
The first half of Tuesday's game was fairly even for the first 15 minutes. Each team had a few opportunities to net goals but neither could take advantage.
Master's had great defensive pressure which limited the opportunities for Fresno, and coupled with a great first half effort from Ilyssa Espiritu, the home team was in control.
TMC's offense came ready to play as well. There was constant pressure on the Sunbird defense. The Lady Mustangs got on the board first with a goal in the 20th minute. Rachel Hartenberger picked up a loose ball and shot it under the oncoming goalie to put the Lady Mustangs in the lead. The Lady Mustangs went into half with a 1-0 lead.
The start of the second half featured more of the same from the Lady Mustangs as they came out firing on offense and defense once again. TMC connected well on passes the entire half and played great as a team the entire half.
In the 60th minute Bobbie Roberts had a great assist from the left side. Roberts crossed it to the middle of the box, and Alyssa Adkins immediately found the back of the goal to double the Lady Mustangs lead at 2-0.
Not long after that, in the 67th minute, the same duo of Mustangs combined to put another goal on the board. This time it was Adkins with the assist and Roberts who had a perfectly placed shot from 30 yards out to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Mustangs had one more goal in store. In the final minute of the game, Rachel Hartenberger passed the ball to Sarah Hall who took a few touches and found the back of the net for the final margin of 4-0.
This was one of TMC's best offensive performances of the year, and it came when they needed it most. This win draws them back to an even 3-3 mark in conference which puts them right back in the thick of things in the conference race.
TMC got a chance to play most of their roster which was a welcomed sight for Coach Lewis. "Our starters determined before the game to get our reserves in today which says a lot about the character of our team," said Coach Lewis.
"I feel like we got over the hump of having great offensive games without scoring by putting the ball in the back of the net today," said Coach Lewis of his teams output.
Coach Lewis's squad played stifling defense in the second half by limiting Fresno to one shot on goal. Espiritu recorded her third shutout of the season.
The Lady Mustangs will now travel to Irvine to face No. 16 Concordia on Saturday.