See if you can keep up. At six in the morning on Wednesday, Curtis Lewis witnessed the birth of his daughter, Haven Katelynn. Later that day, with his wife's blessing, Lewis led practice for The Master's University women's soccer team. At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the family was released from a hospital in Glendale, and Lewis drove straight to Newhall. Four hours later, Lewis and his Mustangs had secured a spirited 2-0 win over Menlo College in the season's conference opener.
More likely on the Mustangs' minds, though, was a 4-0 loss to Ottawa University of Kansas here last week. Apparently, The Master's (8-1 overall, 1-0 in Golden State Athletic Conference) was more than ready to move on.
"That's a hard goal coming across your body like that," Lewis said of Mabie's second goal in three games.
In the 22nd minute, near the top of the Mustangs' defensive third, George knocked the ball upfield with her heel and Parada ran onto it. She didn't stop running. Not until she reached the top of the 18-yard box and launched a low, line-drive kick past Menlo's keeper. Parada tilted her head back in apparent exhaustion. She's been busy. In nine games, the junior has scored a team-high eight goals, propelling the Mustangs to their best start since 2013, when the team opened 10-0.
Goalie Kaylee Poffek, who made a stellar second-half save, said Thursday's game was especially important because it followed the Ottawa loss and opened GSAC competition.
"This was like a turning point of, where do we want our season to go?" she said.
This much is sure: the season next runs through William Jessup. The Mustangs host the Warriors on Saturday at 11 a.m.
After Thursday's game, Lewis headed back to his three children and his wife, Deann.
"I owe her," Lewis said, "and the team owes her big time."