September 8, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Saturday afternoon on Reese Field, the Lady Mustangs squared off against the Bethany College Swedes. After two halves of play the Lady Mustangs topped the Swedes 7-1 and lifted their season record to 4-1-2.
TMC looked like a different team than the one that showed up in Thursday's double-overtime, scoreless tie with William Jessup. The Mustangs drew first blood at the 6:20 mark on a goal from Shea Richards (Palmdale, CA) off an assist by Janelle Sullivan (Riverside, CA), putting the Mustangs ahead 1-0.
Moments later at the 12:17 mark, Jasmine Benson (Corona, CA) scored the Mustangs' second goal with an assist by Jessica Long (Wailuku, HI), doubling the club's advantage.
After halftime, two consecutive goals were scored by the Lady Mustangs. The first goal came off the foot of Devon Goff (Canyon Country, CA) and was assisted by Benson. Shea Richards scored her second goal of the game with another assist by Benson, making it a 4-0 game.
At the 59:39 mark, an unassisted goal from Long sailed into the bottom left corner of the net past Bethany goal keeper, Jasmine Zaker, extending the Mustang lead to a five-goal margin.
Sarah Hall (Yuba City, CA) scored the sixth goal for TMC at the 66:29 mark on another assist from Benson for a 6-0 lead.
The Swedes showed a sign of life with 14 minutes left in the game and scored against TMC goalie Tita Garcia (Colorado Springs, CO).
Determined to hold onto their commanding lead, the Mustangs tacked on the match's final point on a Tara Struiksma (Ontario, CA) unassisted goal at the 80:57 mark.
"Any time you score seven goals, it's very exciting and fun” commented head coach Curtis Lewis after Saturday’s match. “It is a little frustrating that we gave up a goal, but I'm proud of them. I feel like they honored the Lord in the way that they played."
Collectively, the Lady Mustangs had 34 shots, including 22 on goal. Shea Richards led the team with seven shots, four shots on goal, and two goals. Struiksma had six shots, three shots on goal, and one goal.
The Lady Mustangs will have some time to rest before they come out again to Reese Field and take on Bethesda University on September 19, at 4:00 PM.