Worn-out by Warriors
October 23, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – In heartbreaking fashion, The Master’s College women’s soccer team fell to Westmont College 3-2 in overtime at Reese Field. Adding insult to injury, it was the first time TMC dropped a home contest in their 2013 campaign.
“We gave our all today and really played quality soccer, but had some breakdowns at the end of the game that cost us,” assessed Lady Mustang head coach Curtis Lewis. “I was very proud of our girls today, and if we can play that quality of soccer again, we will be in every game this season.
However, at two different points of the match, it looked as if the No. 15 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs would edge the 3rd-ranked Warriors, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished by TMC since October 26, 2010.
10 minutes and 16 seconds into the first half, Natasha Coyle (La Habra, CA) worked with a Tara Struiksma (Ontario, CA) assist, and put the Lady Mustangs up 1-0. That 1-0 lead ferried the Lady Mustangs into the half, backed by 7 shots, 4 saves, and 1 corner kick.
Shortly after the break, the Lady Mustangs faced a one-step-forward-two-steps-back situation when a bizarre own goal off the foot of TMC’s Gabriella Arnone (Castaic, CA) locked the match at 1-1.
Fifteen minutes later at the 73:45 mark, the Lady Mustangs bounced back with a Jasmine Benson (Corona, CA) goal, anchored by an assist from Elvia Contrares (Santa Clarita, CA), extending their lead to 2-1.
Mirroring the Lady Mustangs’ efforts two minutes later, Westmont's Kelsey Steck scored off an assist from Courtney Stonesifer, tying things at 2-2, and bringing the match into overtime.
Steck, a Santa Clarita Valley native, bested Lady Mustang goalkeeper Ilyissa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA) four minutes into overtime, sending Westmont’s bench into bedlam.
Coyle led the Lady Mustangs with 2 shots, 1 shot on goal, and 1 goal. Jessica Long (Wailuku, HI) followed with 2 shots and 1 shot on goal.
With the loss, TMC lowers their 2013 record to 12-3, and 4-3 in GSAC play.
The Mustangs now look to bounce back this Saturday when the squad heads out to Phoenix, Arizona, for a 12:00 p.m. match against Arizona Christian (2-13, 0-7 GSAC).