October 13, 2012
Santa Clarita, CA - San Diego Christian tallied three answered goals, highlighted by two in a dominating second half to edge The Master's College 3-1 Saturday afternoon on Reese Field.
The loss kept the Mustangs winless over their past four starts, dropping them to 5-8-1 overall and more importantly 1-4-1 in the GSAC where they sit in seventh place. Only the top six teams qualify for the conference tournament that starts in less than three weeks.
It started so well for the Mustangs as Taylor Shahi (Santa Rosa, CA) took a pass from Kevin Scheunemann (Malang, Indonesia) and put the ball past Hawk keeper Cameron Riley just 3:54 into play. It was Shahi's team-leading sixth goal of the season while Scheunemann's assist was his team-best fourth of the campaign.
But, that was the last time the Mustang offense would capitalize on a scoring opportunity the rest of the evening. Meanwhile, the very physical Hawks bided their time and got the Mustangs out of their game the rest of the way.
That led to the tying goal in the match's 31st minute when Andrew Robles knotted things up, sending the ball past Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell (Bakersfield, CA) at 30:32 off a pass from Frankie Zimmerman.
Bussell, who was challenged several times over the opening 45 minutes, notched three saves in the first half as the Hawks outshot the Mustangs 7-2.
The Hawks managed the same number of shots in the second half but doubled their scoring output thanks to Justin Picou. The senior forward put the Hawks ahead for good early in the second half and then clinched the win later on.
The go-ahead goal came just 3:06 into the final period when Picou headed in a cross from Robles for a 2-1 advantage. Then, just under 21 minutes (68:59) later, Picou provided some insurance, scoring off a pass from Eduardo Medina.
The Mustangs' chances in the second half were few and far between as the Hawks' physicality took its toll on the Mustangs, taking the steam out of the hosts in a strong 45 minutes of play.
Bussell had four more saves in the second half and wound up with seven.
Despite their recent winless skein, the Mustangs are still only one game out of the sixth and final playoff spot, trailing Westmont and Hope International in the chase for a postseason berth.
On Tuesday, the Mustangs get a shot at one of those teams when they travel to Santa Barbara to take on Westmont.