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A SHOW OF CHARACTER - AND SKILLS.

Byline: Vincent Bonsignore Staff Writer

It's not so much that The Master's College women's soccer team is 2-1 so far - even though it's a nice start for a team that was 12-18 last year. What's significant is how the Mustangs have reached this point.

The Master's overcame the loss of four players - all starters - to win two of its first three going into Thursday's home match with Concordia University.

``I think it shows a lot about the character of this team,'' said Master's coach Jamie Lindvall.

All four players were expected back Thursday. Two of them - Stacey Drollinger and Celine Chenoweth - were out with injuries while Valerie Feuling was out sick and Lindsay Boys was out of town attending a wedding.

The Mustangs started the year with a 10-0 win over Simpson College, but fell 4-0 to Biola, when all four players were missing.

``It was difficult, especially in that Biola game,'' Lindvall said.

The following day The Master's rebounded with a 4-2 victory over Hope International, getting a go-ahead goal from Laura Shreves to put the Mustangs in front 3-2. Sarah Riojas, who had a hat trick, got the fourth goal.

The contributions of Riojas and Shreves were big.

``We had subs that came in and played at the level we needed,'' Lindvall said.

--Thinking big: After last season, Lindvall made a decision to raise the stakes for the Mustangs, setting high standards for them to focus on. The goal was to get them to demand more from themselves.

So far so good.

``I definitely have high expectations for this team and we've set high standards and they've responded to that,'' Lindvall said. ``They came out and worked harder then I've ever seen them work.''

--What lies ahead: Now that the Mustangs are at full strength, Lindvall expects them to find a rhythm and continue to get better.

Despite the expectations, Lindvall admits there were some concerns heading into the season.

``There was a little uncertainty, I knew we had some talented players coming back but I wasn't sure exactly how it would all work out,'' Lindvall said.

Now he looks forward to playing at full strength.

``We were playing with a short bench but we managed to come out ok,'' Lindvall said.

--Time off: The Master's women's volleyball team is in the middle of an unusual 10-day layoff - the first of two long layoffs the Mustangs will go through this year.

Part of the reason is the Master's switch to the Golden State Athletic Conference, which becomes a full-time move next season. In the meantime, it's been difficult matching open dates with teams in the CSAC to fill out the schedule.

Actually the break comes at an opportune time. The early season schedule has been grueling thus far, filled with taxing tournaments and a number of matches that went five sets.

It didn't help that the Mustangs (4-8) traveled cross country for a tournament in Florida, were delayed four hours and didn't arrive on the east coast until past 2 a.m., only to have to play early that morning. That set the tone for a two-week odyssey in which they've criss-crossed the country and endured some marathon matches.

``We can definitely use the time to catch our breath,'' Master's coach Karen Peterson said. ``This break comes at a good time.''

--Taking that walk: Master's volleyball player Beth Barrington is getting married on Saturday, and will be gone through next week.

--That was fast: Kim Howard, who graduated from the Master's, was hired as the girls' basketball coach at Grace Brethren of Simi Valley. Howard will teach physical education and math at the school.
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Date:Sep 15, 2000
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