October 1, 2016
El Cajon, Calif. -- Tara Aalem sure chose the right time for her first collegiate goal.
The junior defender took advantage of a failed clearance by San Diego Christian 3:10 into overtime and booted the ball into the net to give The Master's University a much-needed 1-0 victory over the host Hawks Saturday afternoon.
The win snapped a two-game, GSAC losing skid for the Mustangs and gave them their first conference win (1-2 GSAC, 5-4-2 overall) of the 2016 campaign.
Aalem's winning shot, which got past San Diego Christian goalie Shelbi Horner, capped off a somewhat frustrating afternoon for the Mustang offense which outshot the Hawks 11-4, including a 3-0 advantage in shots on goal.
Complimenting Aalem following the match, Mustang head coach Curtis Lewis said, "It was fun to see a defender grab the game-winning goal."
Two of those shots came in the first eight minutes of play as Horner turned back one by TMU's Michaela Rickard at the 2:16 mark and another by Stephanie Albright at 7:33.
After that, the defenses took over. If the Mustang offense struggled, the defense flourished, holding an opponent without a shot on goal for the first time this season. Mustang keeper Jessica Zubia was the direct beneficiary of the excellent play of those in front of her, improving to 5-4-2.
In the aftermath of the victory, Lewis said, "It was really important for us to get some points today. I felt we came out in the second half and did a good job of creating opportunities against a very physical side."
Lewis and the Mustangs will rejoice in this victory and then get ready to play William Jessup in Rocklin next Saturday.