Coming off a nine-day break, The Master's College women's soccer team opened up their Golden State Athletic Conference schedule Tuesday night at Biola.
As if that wasn't enough of a challenge for the No. 12 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs, the Eagles of Biola seemed to have recently hit their stride in their 2013 campaign, entering the classic GSAC rivalry match with a newly minted No. 22 national ranking backed by a 6-2-0 overall record.
And for the better part of the second half in Tuesday night's GSAC opener, Biola was out to make a statement against the red-hot Lady Mustangs.
"We started the game off well and maintained good possession the first 20 minutes, but we weren't very dangerous," commented head coach Curtis Lewis. "They [Biola] really took over the second part of the first half, and could have gone up 1-0 against us as they hit the bar off a corner kick early in the match."
At the end of a scoreless first half, the Eagles kept the Lady Mustangs' defense busy by outshooting The Master's 11-4.
"Biola had a lot of numbers behind the ball," commented Lewis. "They were a hard team to break down."
However, halftime proved to be advantageous for The Master's as the Lady Mustangs returned to the pitch a more dangerous squad, aiming to break Biola's stout defense.
About three minutes into the second half, Natasha Coyle (La Habra, CA), scored in unassisted fashion by launching the ball 25 yards out, putting the Lady Mustangs up 1-0.
Almost forty minutes later at the 85:11 mark, Jasmine Benson (Corona, CA) received a corner kick from Tara Struiksma (Ontario, CA), scrambled in front of the box for a brief moment, and bested Biola's goalkeeper extending The Master's score to 2-0.
Notably, each goal was Coyle's and Benson's fifth of the season.
From there, the Lady Mustangs' defense edged any attempted Biola comeback, and secured their sixth shutout of the season.
Interestingly enough, the Eagles outshot the Lady Mustangs 15-11. Highlighting The Master's efforts, Lady Mustang goalkeeper Iylssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA) notched her ninth win of the year.
Assessing the evening, Lewis further commented by saying "Biola is a very good team, and Todd Elkins has them very organized. Tonight was a good ole' fashioned battle of two quality teams."
With their 9-0 (1-0 GSAC) spotless record, the Lady Mustangs now return to Placerita Canyon ready to take on 2-6-0 Arizona Christian Firestorm, Saturday, October 5, at 11:00 a.m.