Onward and Upward!
September 7, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – With an overall record of 6-0, it’s safe to say that The Master’s College women’s soccer team is pretty talented.
Especially when you take in consideration that the Mustangs have posted four shutouts and outscored their opponents 25-4.
What’s even more impressive is the fact that a little under half of the Lady Mustangs’ active roster has tallied goals so far. And what bodes well for the future of the women’s soccer program at The Master’s College is that four of the team’s top scorers are underclassmen.
And here’s one more fun fact: Jordan Benson (Corona, CA) currently ranks second overall in the NAIA in total goals with nine to her name.
So, it’s safe to say that the Lady Mustangs are a talented, well-balanced squad. But another attribute not discussed about The Master’s College women’s soccer team is the fact that they are humble.
Yes, that might be a premature statement to say about any team this early in the season, and yes, there is a lot of soccer TMC has left to play (12 games to be exact), but the Lady Mustangs have displayed a level of humility that is becoming rare in college athletics.
In their last six matches, the squad has won with class and, in the process, actively recognized where it needs to improve.
This was evident Saturday morning on Reese Field in TMC’s 3-0 victory over Corban of Oregon.
“We didn’t play that well today, and major credit goes to Corban by playing through some intense heat,” assessed head coach Curtis Lewis. “We need to work on our ball possession and if we want to be successful deep into the season, we’re going to have to play a lot better than what was displayed today.”
Despite the fact that Benson tallied her ninth goal of the season, freshman standout McKinley Kane (Newhall, CA) scored her second goal of the year, and Mackenzie Taylor (Bakersfield, CA) booted in her first collegiate goal on Saturday, Coach Lewis’ mentality of continuous improvement has contagiously spread through the Lady Mustangs’ locker room.
Leading scorer Jordan Benson stands as a testament to this.
“We’re starting to understand our system and are doing a better job of getting the job done,” said Benson. “As for the coming games, we need to start our matches stronger, get our shots off in the beginning, not enter lazy, and learn to play a full 90-minute game rather than 45 minutes.”
On the defensive side, one individual who has maintained consistency during the squad’s first six games is goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA). Espiritu, who was credited with Saturday’s 3-0 victory, has anchored the Lady Mustangs’ defense thus far by posting four shutouts and only allowing four goals.
And while it’s easy to go on about specific areas the Lady Mustangs need to work on for the grueling Golden State Athletic Conference schedule that sits just around the corner, there’s a lot to say about a team that is 6-0.
So, for now, the Lady Mustangs hold a spotless record and look to prepare for Thursday’s non-conference home match against Southern Oregon (1-0-1) at 4:00 p.m.
Should the Lady Mustangs win on Thursday and improve to 7-0, they will enter a match against No. 17 CSU San Marcos (1-0), followed by an attempt to make an impact on the GSAC against two of the nation’s top-tiered teams: No. 4 Vanguard (3-0), No. 18 Westmont (3-0-1).
But in order for that to happen, humility and hard work need to be two primary foundations the Lady Mustangs rely on for the remainder of the 2013 slate.
“As our season wears on, our team is going to continue to ready themselves for whatever lies ahead,” further assessed Lewis. “I’m excited to see what happens.”
To learn more about Thursday’s match against Southern Oregon, click here.