|Desperately Tied Up|
Frantically hoping to avoid its third consecutive defeat, The Master’s College turned to an unlikely offensive source Saturday afternoon when defender Fabrice Gautrat scored the match-tying goal with less than a minute left to lift the Mustangs into what would be an eventual 1-1 tie with visiting Concordia.
The Mustangs’ third tie of the season kept the squad in sixth place (6-5-3, 3-4-1) in the GSAC and prevented the Eagles from vaulting past them. With two regular-season matches remaining, the Mustangs’ have an outside chance to finish among the conference’s top four clubs which would give them a first-round home game in the upcoming GSAC Tournament.
Gautrat’s first-ever TMC goal came with 22 ticks left on the clock off an assist from Jake Marchesani and sent the match into overtime. Neither club scored during the two, subsequent 10-minute periods. It was the Mustangs’ fifth (1-1-3) overtime game of the season and their sixth one-goal outing.
The Eagles tallied their goal at the 35:16 mark of the first half when Mickey Mendoza took a pass from William Velasquez and put it by Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell. Bussell was stingy the rest of the way and notched three saves in the process.
Although the Eagles recorded more shots on goal (4-3), the Mustangs actually had more total shots (13-6) but couldn’t capitalize until Gautrat’s last-minute heroics.
The Mustangs wrap up regular-season play this week with two tough matches. On Wednesday, the club hosts Westmont which trails the Mustangs by a single point in the standings and then it travels to Biola on Saturday to face a team that is two points above them.