|Ripped in Riverside|
The Master’s College men’s soccer team is finding out just how tough it is to repeat as GSAC champions. The latest example came on Saturday in Riverside when the 23rd-ranked Mustangs were blanked 4-0 by No. 7 California Baptist.
The loss was the club’s second conference defeat in a row and dropped the Mustangs (4-3-2, 1-2) into eighth place in the GSAC. In winning the conference’s regular-season and tournament titles last year, the Mustangs lost only once in GSAC play and three times overall.
The Lancers, who dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions to the Mustangs last year, came out firing and never looked back. Two headers 26 minutes apart in the first half propelled the host Lancers to a 2-0 lead. Just 4:47 into play, Tyler Aagard made it 1-0 and then in the match’s 31st minute, Osvaldo Batisda gave his team a 2-0 edge.
Those goals proved to be plenty but the Lancers tacked on two more in the second half for good measure. The Lancers made the most of their six shots on goal while the Mustangs had only two similar opportunities.
Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell gave up a career-high in goals and made two saves. After opening GSAC play with three consecutive road games, the Mustangs return home on Tuesday to host Hope International in their conference home opener. The match will kick off at 4:00pm on Reese Field.