Azusa, CA- The Master’s College Lady Mustangs soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 loss to No. 4 Azusa Pacific in the semifinals of the GSAC tournament on Friday afternoon. With the loss TMC’s record drops to 10-9-1 and Azusa’s record is now 13-2-1.
Early in the game the rain was pouring which was just one more element to make this game even more interesting. The first half was controlled by APU as they created nine shots, four of those were on goal. Also, Master’s was limited to only two shots, one on goal, in the half.
The opening goal of the game came in the eighth minute of play. Heidi Witschi took the ball after a blocked shot off the foot of Logan Chan and netted the goal inside the right post from the penalty area. Chan received credit for the assist on the goal that gave Azusa a 1-0 lead.
About halfway through the half, the Cougars struck again. In the 27th minute, Natalie Sun scored unassisted. Sun gathered a loose ball about ten yards from the goal on the left side and doubled the lead to 2-0 with a goal to the far side. The Cougars went into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Mustangs came out in the second half with their tournament lives on the line. Playing to stay alive, TMC battled and worked hard to get back in the game.
Shea Richards delivered in the 79th minute. Taking a free kick, Richards perfectly placed a shot that found the back of the net from 26 yards out to make it a 2-1 game.
Even though Ilyssa Espiritu would not surrender another goal, TMC would still fall as they could not create any more goals in the match. Azusa played well defensively and did not let Master’s get much going offensively.