SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – In the NAIA Women's Soccer Match of the Week, the showdown between No. 15 Cal State San Marcos and No.16 The Master's College lived up to the title as the Lady Mustangs topped the Cougars 2-0 at Reese Field.
Overcoming an aggressive defensive gridlock resulting with the first half ending at a 0-0 draw, the Lady Mustangs' came out of half time determined to break the silence.
"At the break, I challenged our girls to go forward. They did, and we produced strong results," commented head coach Curtis Lewis, "I'm really proud of them."
At the 75:01 mark, Elvia Contreras (Santa Clarita, CA) bested San Marcos goalkeeper, Amanda Sears, off an assist from Devin Goff, putting the Lady Mustangs on the board at 1-0.
"I believe that everyone truly played for the glory of God today," assessed Contreras on the Lady Mustangs' performance. "Our coach had a huge part in today's game. He made us realize that the Lord has blessed us not only with a talented team, but with a family that unites at all times. I served my team as they always do for me."
Three minutes later, Stephanie Albright (San Gabriel, CA) scored off an assist from McKinley Kane (Newhall, CA), raising The Master's's lead to 2-0.
The Master's's stout defense hunkered down in the final 12 minutes, sealing the 2-0 victory, and raising its overall record to a spotless 8-0.
And while San Marcos outshot The Master's 14-11, standout goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA) highlighted the Lady Mustangs' efforts with eight saves.
"I'm very happy to get another shutout," commented Espiritu. "The defensive line worked extremely hard. They endured through all the long balls San Marcos sent our way. I'm really proud of them."
Looking ahead, the Lady Mustangs open up Golden State Athletic Conference play at Biola on Tuesday, October 1, in a 7:00 p.m. match.
"The GSAC is the toughest conference in the nation," further commented Lewis. "Biola is a very tough team. We're going to have to come out and play physical and connected soccer. I'm excited to see what we can do."