Women's soccer suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of California Baptist yesterday, ending their hopes for a National Title and a season that bordered on magical. The second round game was moved up in the day due to weather conditions that proved to be as grim as the final 3-0 score.
The two GSAC teams entered a field covered in two inches of standing water and battled one another and the circumstances pretty evenly throughout the first half, though CBU had the advantage on shots taken. The Mustang defense was able to hold the Lancers at bay and the half-time score remained 0-0. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the Lancers blitzed them in the second half, putting up three scores while denying TMC even a single tally. California Baptist got back-to-back scores at 52:20 and 53:02 to gain complete control of the game. Goal number three came at the 71:22 mark.
The Mustangs may have been stunned to see their season end so crudely, but know that their 17-3-2 run was tremendous, full of high moments and "first evers." Coach Curtis Lewis reflected,
We had a great year overall and I'm really proud of the girls; I don't know if they realize what an honor it is to make this tournament, especially coming out of the GSAC. It was great to get this under our belt and hopefully be a springboard for the future of this program.
We are so proud of our seniors who four years ago ended their season at 2-12-1 and have helped build this program into a nationally ranked program.
The Mustang 2010 season may have come to a close, but what they have accomplished leaves a legacy that will carry on for years to come.