The No. 21 Master's College women's soccer team fought for a crucial win in a GSAC match against Hope International on Wednesday afternoon. TMC's record now stands at 8-5 (2-2), and Hope's record drops to 4-7 (0-4) after the double overtime thriller in Fullerton.
The game was a hard-fought match to the very end. "I give Andrew Paine and his team a lot of credit for pushing us the way they did today," said Coach Curtis Lewis when asked about the game.
The first half was quiet offensively, but there were plenty of shots. Hope International managed seven shots while Master's had eight shots.
The second half of the match was quite the opposite. Hope struck first, and it looked like it would hold up.
In the 77th minute (76:57), Kristen Enriquez notched the game's first goal. Enriquez took a cross from the foot of Shanell Thomas and buried the goal from 15 yards out.
The Lady Mustangs refused to quit however and responded for an exciting come from behind road victory.
Coach Lewis's team had plenty of chances and finally broke through in the last minute. Natasha Coyle had a beautiful cross from the left side of the box, and Lauren Fretz out-jumped everyone to head the ball and tie the game and send it to overtime with 47 seconds left on the clock.
That was only the beginning of the late game heroics for Master's. In the second overtime, Natasha Coyle scored in the 108th (107:09) minute to win the game for the Lady Mustangs. Ashlea Andrade got credit for the assist as Coyle netted her ninth goal of the season.
"Our girls kept fighting, I'll give them credit. We were able to get back to 2-2 in conference which is huge at this point," said Coach Lewis of the importance of this match.
TMC will kickoff against Point Loma at 12:00 pm on Saturday at Reese Field.