February 21, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Continuing their off-season preparations for the approaching 2013 campaign, the Lady Mustangs have gotten a jump on their 2014 class as the coaching staff has recently signed Cassie Mikalson from Seal Beach, California.
"I visited The Master’s College last year during spring break and had an amazing experience,” said Mikalson. “I felt the Lord clearly directing me to TMC, I’m excited to grow in my faith and relationship with Him.”
Mikalson, who is slated to graduate from Los Alamitos High School in June of 2014, led the Griffins to a 14-4-6 overall record in her junior season, a first-place finish in the Sunset League, while scoring five goals along the way. The Lady Mustangs’ newest signee also excels in track with the Griffins, running in the 100, 200, and 400-meter events, and competing as part of the 4x100 relay team.. Off the field, Mikalson has excelled in the classroom, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average through her first two years at Los Alamitos.
Possessing an extensive club soccer background, Mikalson honed her skills at the forward position as she spent time competing with the Beach Futbol club, a competitive youth soccer club based in Long Beach. In her time there, Mikalson led her club to a second-place finish in the National Cup, a semifinal appearance in the Far West Regional, featuring the nation’s top 16 teams, and a 1-0 victory over reigning national champion, Legends Futbol club. The future Lady Mustang also nabbed the Golden Boot award, a prestigious honor that recognizes athletes who score the most points in a season.
Mikalson enters The Master’s College with two main goals: win a conference title and contribute to a strong post-season NAIA national tournament run.
Lady Mustang head coach Curtis Lewis anticipates Mikalson becoming an immediate contributor with her seasoned prep experience.
“Cassie’s ability to take on bigger players and consistently beat them stood out to me when we were recruiting her. She has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and has a nose for being a true forward. Her feistiness, competitiveness, and desire to play on the next level will be really exciting to bring to our system, as we thrive on that type of environment.”
TMC went 12-6-2 in 2012 and finished 6-4 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Coach Lewis and his squad will look to write a new chapter in Lady Mustang soccer as they begin their 2013 campaign in a home opener against Grace College (IN) on August 15, at 4:00 PM on Reese Field.
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