October 13, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Dropping a 1-0 lead in the second half of Saturday’s match against Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) foe San Diego Christian (5-7, 2-4 GSAC), TMC stumbled in their 2-1 loss, bringing their season record to 9-3-2 and 4-2 in GSAC play.
Both teams failed to score in the first stanza, but the opening half was anything but dull. TMC lead an offensive attack as the Mustangs outshot the Hawks 12-4 within the first 45 minutes of play. Six of the 12 shots came off the foot of Mustang sophomore Shea Richards (Palmdale, CA).
For the second time in a week, the Mustangs entered into halftime scoreless. However, the scoring drought ended 13 minutes into the second half as Janelle Sulivan (Corona, CA) tallied an assisted goal from Rachel Meyers (Auburn CA), bringing the score to 1-0.
Just as the momentum was picking up for the Lady Mustangs, the Hawks responded at the 70:53 mark, evening the score at 1-1. Moments later, San Diego Christian scored again with thirteen minutes left in regulation time. Try as they might, TMC just couldn’t conjure an offensive rally as the squad fell to a visiting conference opponent for the second time in a week.
Statistically, the Lady Mustangs lead the way with 17 shots and 10 shots on goal. The unranked, visiting, Hawks managed to be in the right place at the right time as they upset the NAIA’s 20th ranked team in heartbreaking fashion.
“We just put ourselves under today,” commented Mustang coach Curtis Lewis. “Credit goes to SDCC as they put two goals past us, and fought through the entire match. We just didn’t play up to our standard today.”
With hopes of breaking their two game losing streak, the Mustangs will travel up to Santa Barbara on Wednesday and take on the #15 Westmont Warriors. TMC hasn’t beaten the Warriors in over a year, and will look to do so in 3:00 PM kick-off.