| TMU Women’s Soccer falls to Raiders in season opener

The opening game of the 2022 season for the Master’s University women’s soccer team didn’t go as hoped as the Southern Oregon Raiders defeated the Mustangs 1-0 to a packed house on August 20 at a windy Reese Field in Newhall.

The Raiders, a team that received votes for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ top 25 preseason poll, scored their only goal in the 18th minute of the first half when Baylee Touey dribbled the ball into midfield and her shot fired the top left corner of the net for whoever turned out to be the game winner.

“The goal they scored is just unacceptable, from both the defense and the goalkeeper,” said Mustang head coach Curtis Lewis. “And the wind played a big part in the game. There is no doubt about it. But we couldn’t keep the ball for long. Most of our possessions were deep within our own half. Our pressing couldn’t prevail because we couldn’t hold the ball.”

Southern Oregon beat the Mustangs 5-2 in the first half, but a more aggressive play by TMU in the second half gave both teams three shots apiece. Newcomer Autumn Jensen started in goal and made four saves.

“We created a lot of chances in the first 12 minutes of the second half,” said Lewis. “But none of those opportunities really created scoring chances. But it goes back to immaturity. You can’t wait until halftime and let the coach ambush you to play soccer.

Ellie Radmilovich led the Mustangs by two shots in the match. Kate Merical and Brandi Meyer also took advantage of scoring chances.

“Ellie is always a work engine for us. She’s always moving and running,” Lewis said. “And I thought[Hannah]Burke was dangerous. She created and had many opportunities. I thought Mary (Mobley) worked hard for us.”

The Mustangs will now take a three-game road trip to Florida, which will end against #6 Keizer in West Palm Beach. TMU’s next home game is Saturday, September 3 against the University of Antelope Valley.

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