No Match for Eagles

October 2, 2012

Santa Clarita, CA - Sixth-ranked Concordia scored early then often in a 6-1 victory over The Master's College Tuesday afternoon on Reese Field.

The loss dropped the Mustangs to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in the GSAC where they sit all alone in fifth place.  Meanwhile, Eagles improved to 3-0 in conference play (9-1-1 overall) and stayed in first place.

It didn't take very long for the Eagles to start an offensive onslaught that would result in a season-high number of goals scored against the Mustangs.  Just 8:25 into play, Concordia's Edgar Orozco beat Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell (Bakersfield, CA) for a 1-0 lead.

It stayed that way for over 30 uneventful minutes until a Mustang foul in the box at the 38:17 mark gave the Eagles a penalty kick which Jose Tamayo converted for a two-goal edge.  That 2-0 margin was the way the first half ended, one in which the Mustangs managed only two shots, neither of them on goal.  But, the defense played well enough to keep the Mustangs within striking distance, allowing just four shots and the two scores. 

That all changed in the second half as the Eagles started to really pound away at the net while the Mustangs could do little to answer.  Concordia made the assault pay off 10:14 into the final half when Christian Ramirez scored for a 3-0 advantage.

It looked like the Eagles were on their way to a shutout but TMC's AJ Rochow ruined that hope just over three minutes later (58:20) when he tallied his team-high fifth goal of the season in unassisted fashion.

However, that proved to be only just a bump in the road for the Eagles who answered back with a trio of goals over the match's final 21 minutes.

After the game, Mustang coach Jim Rickard pinned the blame on himself but his decision to attack more in the second half, which exposed his club's defensive lapses, was more out of his desire to make a game of it than poor strategy.

The Mustangs will attempt to right the ship on Saturday when they hit the road to Fullerton for a match with Hope International.  Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30.