One Day More
November 2, 2013
For the five seniors on The Master’s College women’s soccer team, Saturday’s regular season finale against Biola University won’t be a match forgotten any time soon.
Before beating the GSAC rival 6-1, Alethia Stroup, Kayla Gale, Jasmine Benson, Ashlea Andrade, and Ilyssa Espiritu all started in their final regular season home match at Reese Field.
“Before the match, we challenged our players to give seniors one more day,” said head coach Curtis Lewis. “For a lot of these girls, they’re not going to play anything beyond collegiate soccer. The team rose to the occasion and came out fired up. We really created some great memories today.”
Those “great memories” kicked off 10 minutes into play when Andrade (Las Vegas, NV) put the 15th-ranked Lady Mustangs up 1-0 off a corner kick. Four minutes later, Jordan Benson (Corona, CA) extended the Lady Mustangs’ lead to 2-0 off a penalty kick. 10 minutes after that, Jasmine Benson scored off an assist from Stephanie Albright (San Gabriel, CA), giving TMC a 3-0 advantage. The Mustangs’ fourth goal came at the 41:37 mark when Natasha Coyle (La Habra, CA) capitalized off a Kylee MacArthur (Newhall, CA) assist. And just when the Eagles thought TMC’s scoring rampage was over, Whitney Gomillion (Lancaster, CA) delivered a beautiful shot off a corner kick with one second left in the first half, giving the Lady Mustangs a 5-0 lead heading into the break.
At the half, TMC outshot Biola 10-3.
Returning from the break, the Eagles took 32 minutes to get on the board when Biola’s Brittney Sayre bested Espiritu, cutting TMC’s lead to 5-1. Not being fazed by the Eagles lone tally, TMC answered back seven minutes later when Jessica Long (Wailuku, HI) scored off an Albright assist, icing the match at 6-1.
Jasmine Benson finished the day with 4 shots, 3 shots on goal, and 1 goal, while Devon Goff (Canyon Country, CA) posted 2 shots and 2 shots on goal. Collectively, TMC tallied 18 shots, 13 shots on goal, 6 goals, and 3 assists.
“To be able to play a GSAC team like Biola and beat them 6-1 is a huge accomplishment,” further assessed Lewis. “We’ve never been able to do that!”
And with the Lady Mustangs’ newly minted 14-4 (6-4 GSAC) record the squad will enjoy the fruits of their labor by hosting No. 5-seed San Diego Christian in the opening round of the GSAC Women’s Soccer Tournament on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Notably, the Lady Mustangs will enter the tournament with a No. 4-seed.
“San Diego Christian has hung in every game this season and boast a deceiving record,” commented Lewis on Tuesday’s match. “They’re dangerous, and we need to play with intensity. We need to play smart soccer and go forward to the best of our ability. When we do that with good energy, we can produce strong results.”
But regardless of what happens in the conference tournament opener, one thing for sure is that the Lady Mustang seniors will play another a day for The Master’s College.