EL CAJON, Calif. – The last three weeks have been a rollercoaster ride for The Master's College women's soccer team.
On October 1, the Lady Mustangs opened GSAC play with 2-0 victory over Biola, and a 4-0 win over Arizona Christian four days later. TMC was then silenced by a 1-4 road loss against Concordia. Shortly after that, the Lady Mustangs rebounded against Hope International with a 2-0 victory, but dropped a double overtime heartbreaker against Vanguard last Wednesday.
Today, the rollercoaster ride continued with a 1-0 victory over San Diego Christian College on the road in El Cajon. The win brings the 15th-ranked Lady Mustangs' overall record to 12-2, and 4-2 in conference play.
"Credit to San Diego Christian as they are a team that really works for their coach," commented TMC women's soccer head coach Curtis Lewis. "I am really proud of the girls and the effort they input our system the second half. This was an important win at this point of the season."
The first half was relatively quiet as the Hawks outshot the Lady Mustangs 5-7. Notably, both TMC's and San Diego Christian's goalkeepers notched two saves in the first stanza.
"I feel like we had an ok first half, but really didn't create much offensively," assessed Lewis.
After the break, the Lady Mustangs recalibrated their efforts and were able to create a harvest of scoring opportunities, which cumulated with a Natasha Coyle (La Habra, CA) decisive goal off an assist from Gabrielle Arnone (Castaic) at the 87:59 mark.
Overall, Coyle led TMC with 5 shots, 3 shots on goal, and 1 goal, while Jasmine Benson (Corona, CA) tallied 4 shots and 1 shot on goal. Sarah Hall (Yuba City, CA) claimed 3 shots and two shots on goal. Defensively, Lady Mustang goalkeeper Ilyssa Espiritu (Bakersfield, CA) anchored the squad's defensive efforts with four saves en route to the 1-0 shutout.