October 31, 2012
La Mirada, CA - Stephen Tanquary's one-touch off a deflection 1:02 into sudden-death overtime lifted third-seeded Biola over The Master's College 2-1 Wednesday evening in a GSAC Tournament first-round match in La Mirada.
The loss, coming just four days after the Mustangs beat the Eagles by an identical score on the final day of the regular season, ended their season at 8-10-1.
It was a tale of two halves for the Mustangs who enjoyed the first 45 minutes of action with crisp passing and quality offensive play. The highlight of the opening period came in the ninth minute (8:54) when freshman midfielder Joey Mikulas (Monument, CO) took advantage of the Eagles' failure to clear the ball by blasting his second goal of the season past Biola keeper Joshua Crichton from 30 yards out. Mikulas' first tally of the season tied the game against the Eagles on Saturday.
That narrowest of margins held up through the remainder of the half in which the Mustangs outshot the Eagles 6-5. Both sides put two of their shots on goal with Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell recording a pair of saves. A more finesse style of play by the Mustangs had them right where they wanted to be.
However, as the game wore on and play became more physical, the younger Mustangs were unable to keep pace. It started to show even after an uneventful first 15 minutes of the second half when neither side attempted a shot on goal. That all changed in the 60th minute (59:44), though, when Eagle John Hanscom, off a long pass from teammate Kevin Kiser, headed one over the head of Bussell and into the net for the match-tying score.
Neither team would score again in regulation and the Mustangs really didn't even come close, recording no shots on goal in the second stanza while the Eagles tacked on only one more. Tanquary almost ended it in regulation, however, hitting the post with 6:23 remaining.
The freshman forward got another chance minutes later and this time he didn't miss. After Bussell was left out of position following a deflection of an Aaren Lewis shot, Tanquary found himself with an open net and quickly booted the ball home for the game-winning tally.
And, just like that on an evening when Mustang coach Jim Rickard said his squad "played good soccer with a lot of heart", the match and the season were over for the Mustangs.