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Myers a difference maker

Placer, Sierra graduate leads The Master’s to NAIA Tournament for the first time
By: Ray Hacke Journal Sports Correspondent
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As a soccer player at a Christian college, Rachel Myers isn’t out to achieve athletic glory — at least not for herself. “Our role on the team is to bring glory to God,” said the Placer High graduate, now a junior midfielder at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita. “Our whole thing is that we’re playing for an audience of one. Through our work on the field and our attitudes, we seek to bring Him glory.” It appears the Man Upstairs has bestowed some glory on Myers and her team in return. The Master’s College (17-3-2) qualified for the NAIA Tournament for the first time in school history on Nov. 20 with a 3-0 victory over Fort Kent of Maine. The Mustangs won the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) tournament last year, but the NAIA Tournament is much more prestigious. “God has been very gracious to us,” Myers said last week. “He’s enabled us to win so far. We’ll see what His plan holds for the NAIAs.” The Mustangs lost 3-0 to California Baptist — a team that TMC defeated once and lost to on penalty kicks after a regulation tie in Golden State Athletic Conference play — in their NAIA Tournament opener Tuesday in Decatur, Ala. Mustangs coach Curtis Lewis said Myers has certainly been a blessing to his team. “She’s a quality, quality player who has brought a lot of great things to our game,” Lewis said. Myers appeared in 21 games for TMC, starting 18. Though she had one goal and two assists and took 24 shots on goal, she was primarily a defense-first player. “She’s stepped in and really filled a big role for us,” Lewis said. “We’re an offense-minded team, and as a defense person she’s stepped in and given us a lot of good minutes.” A transfer student who played for Sierra College last season, Myers chose to come to The Master’s College because her brother, a cousin, and several people from her church went there. “I felt at home with all the girls,” she said. “It turned out to be a good fit for me.” Majoring in kinesiology, Myers hopes to one day pursue a career as a physical therapist. “Coming to The Master’s has been the best decision I’ve ever made,” Myers said. “Life here has been awesome for me. I’m thankful God has given me this opportunity.” Lewis is thankful that Myers took that opportunity as well. “Our team is very spiritually minded,” the coach said. “Our goal is to do honor to the Lord. Being a small Christian school, we’re a close-knit community, and everything we do is for God’s glory. “Rachel fits into that very well. She’s mature in her convictions and what she believes in, and she contributes on those levels.”