September 21, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Ca-- Paced by Austin Michelson's four-point match and a stingy defense, The Master's College men's soccer team closed out non-conference play Friday afternoon with a 4-0 beating of La Sierra on Reese Field.
The win broke a two-match losing streak for the Mustangs, returned the club to the .500 (4-4) mark, and prepared them for the opening of GSAC play next week.
Typically, Michelson, a senior defender from Scotts Valley, California, is too busy keeping the opposition from scoring at his sweeper position. However, on this afternoon he not only succeeded at that but had the time to produce at the other end, too, scoring a career-high four points. He struck first at the 31:47 mark of the first half, taking a pass from freshman Ryan Dolan (Newhall, CA) and putting it by Eagle goalie Wade Dixon for his second tally of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Thanks to some strong play from the Mustang defense and keeper Andrew Bussell, that slightest of advantages lasted through halftime and well into the second half before the Mustangs added some insurance in the form of three more goals.
The first of those tallies came just over 25 minutes (70:31) into the final period when Taylor Shahi (Santa Rosa, CA) booted the ball by Dixon, doubling the advantage with his second goal of the campaign.
Then, just over four minutes later at the 75:34 mark, the Mustangs extended their lead to 3-0 when senior Peter Martin (Dayton, OR) scored his first goal in the Mustang blue and gold off passes from Michelson and freshman Austin Rochow (Canyon Country, CA).
Michelson was on the front end, too, of the Mustangs' final tally of the day, assisting with Kevin Scheunemann (Malang, Indonesia) on Rochow's team-leading fourth goal of the season with 2:02 left to play.
From then on, it was just a matter of preserving the shutout which the defense and Bussell did quite nicely. The blanking was the senior's third of the year and the ninth of his TMC career.
Back at .500, the Mustangs now turn their attention to the opening of conference play next Wednesday when they host No. 18 Biola in a 4:00pm start on Reese Field.