|No Offense, But It’s Tough To Win|
As the 2010 campaign winds down, The Master’s College soccer team is realizing the impossibility of winning when it’s not putting points on the board. For the second time in five GSAC matches, the Mustangs were blanked, falling to Vanguard 1-0 Saturday afternoon in Newhall.
The Mustangs’ second consecutive loss (6-5-2 overall, 3-4 GSAC) put a serious dent in the club’s hopes for a top four conference finish and a first-round, home match that goes with it in the upcoming GSAC Tournament. With three regular-season matches remaining, the Mustangs find themselves in a fifth-place tie with Biola while trailing third-place Fresno Pacific and Vanguard by six points.
Ultimately, this one was decided in the early minutes of play when Vanguard’s Kevin Cornwall scored at the 3:13 mark off assists from Andrew Casco and Jack Plummer. The Lions may have dominated first-half play in terms of shots, 6-3, but Cornwall’s tally was the club’s only shot on goal in the entire match.
The Mustangs turned things around dramatically in the second half, outshooting the Lions 10-2 (13-8 overall), but couldn’t produce the elusive shot that would tie the match. They put four shots on goal but Lion goalie Trevor Herrera, with a little help from his teammates, turned all of them away.
TMC’s sophomore keeper Andrew Bussell, who has allowed one goal or less in seven matches, took the loss and fell to 5-5-2.
The Mustangs get a much-needed, one-week rest before hosting Concordia next Saturday (Oct. 23) in a noon start on Reese Field.