August 24, 2017
Hailey Gomillion scored her third goal in as many games, and the Lady Mustangs cruised to a 4-0 victory over Cal Pac Conference foe Marymount University of California. Jasmine Parada shares the team lead in goals alongside Gomillion as she also tallied her third in this young season.
The Lady Mustangs fought to gain their rhythm during the first quarter hour of the contest, and they reaped the fruit of that labor when Parada nicely sidestepped a defender after a receiving a pass from Laura English (Shelbyville, KY), and slotted it past the keeper in the 23rd minute.
"We started pretty slowly again so we really need to fix that part of our game," said Coach Lewis. "As the game moved on we started connecting passes better and pressing as a team instead of individuals." Gomillion then doubled the lead in the 37th minute when she received a cross from Janae Garcia (Paramount, CA) and deposited the ball into the back of the net to send TMU into intermission with a 2-0 advantage.
Coach Lewis continued, "I have been very proud of how our team has broke (out) on the counter this year. We have done it quickly and with numbers, which has been really fun to watch and see them progress in this part of our system."
Nine minutes into the second half of play, TMU played the ball across the face of goal. Suzanne Mabie (Ladera Ranch, CA) tracked the ball down outside the far post and slotted a pass back from where it came, and Lynnae Geaorge (Mill Creek, WA) calmly redirected the ball into an open net from on top of the six yard box.
The Mustangs yielded only five shots during the contest, and the visiting Mariners were unable to earn a corner kick during the 90 minutes of play.
"(Give) credit to Anton and his team for really trying to play through our lines. They are a very technical team and without our pressure, (they) would have even connected more," commented Coach Lewis. "They will do well in the Cal Pac this year."
Freshman Shelby Willis (Pacifica, CA) rounded out the scoring with her first collegiate goal in the 79th minute. "I was extremely proud of the way the team served each other as we were able to get every able bodied field player in the match. This is something that is really great for the unity of the team and the ability to keep bodies healthy and fresh."
The Lady Mustangs quickly must turn their attention to their next match as they welcome the Seahawks of Keiser University (FL) to Reese Field for an 11:00 am kick-off on Saturday. Coach Lewis looks forward to the challenge, "We have a really big test (this weekend). It'll be fun to see where we stand with a top 10 team in the nation."