Lady Mustangs Swamp Mariners
Coach Curtis Lewis' Lady Mustangs (3-1) opened the home portion of their schedule in fine style with a 5-0 shutout victory over the visiting Mariners of Marymount College, bouncing back from last Friday's 3-0 defeat on the road at NCAA Division I Sacramento State.
The Master's controlled the game from the kickoff with constant pressure in the Mariner zone and opened the scoring in the 11th minute on a goal by freshman forward Katie Trevino.
The Lady Mustangs launched a barrage of shots at Marymount keeper Andrea Poeschel, scoring a total of four first-half goals. Natasha Coyle scored TMC's second goal off an assist from Andrea Reyes. Her goal was followed up in the 28th minute by Dani Hollinger scoring off a crossing pass by Jasmine Benson. The highlight goal of the first half occurred when freshman forward and Palmdale native Shea Richards caught the Mariner keeper playing up in the box and launched a chip shot from 25 yards that found the net in the 34th minute, giving the Lady Mustangs a 4-0 lead that they carried into halftime.
The second half saw Marymount return to the field with a physical style of play but little return in shots on goal. The Mustangs continued to keep the ball in the Mariner end of the field and tacked on one final goal by Rachel Hartenberger to round out the scoring.
While the TMC offense was impressive, The Master's mid-field defense allowed goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu to have a relatively quiet afternoon, facing only three shots. The Lady Mustangs' superior speed beat the Mariner attackers repeatedly to forward passes and were able to turn that into productive offense.
The Mustangs return to action on Labor Day, traveling to Irvine to take on Concordia University of Oregon at 1:30 pm.