Extinguishing the Flames
September 4, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Ca -- Austin Rochow and Zach Egeler tallied two late goals to lead The Master's College men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over visiting Bethesda University of California Tuesday afternoon in Placerita Canyon.
The victory was the second in a row for the Mustangs and evened their 2012 record at 2-2.
Following more than 80 minutes of back-and-forth play that featured more action in the midfield than around the net, the Mustangs finally broke through with 9:43 left to play when Rochow, a local product from Canyon High School, took a pass from sophomore Taylor Shahi and put it past Flame goalie Hyeokjin Choi for a 1-0 lead. It was the freshman's first collegiate goal.
That tally ended a bit of frustration for the Mustangs who had a hard time putting any pressure on the Flame defense up to that point but it also led to some insurance just a few minutes later.
After Egeler missed high on a shot just over two minutes later, the sophomore forward finally made another one count when he made the most of a pass from freshman Vini Barauna at the 85:03 mark, firing his team-high third goal of the season past Choi and into the net for a 2-0 lead.
The Mustangs just missed on adding to that advantage moments later with Kevin Scheunemann hitting the post on one shot while Egeler had another boot go high.
Regardless, that two-goal margin proved to be more than enough as goalie Andrew Bussell, registering his first shutout of the year, and the defense made the score stand up for the win. Bussell wound up with three saves.
The Mustangs will look to make it three consecutive victories when they return to Reese Field on Saturday, hosting William Jessup in a 3:00pm start.