A Win That Makes Perfect Sense

On the way to winning the first seven matches of the 2011 season, The Master's College men's soccer team averaged nearly four goals an outing.  Over the subsequent four games, the Mustangs scored just twice and went 0-1-3.

So, it made perfect statistical sense that when the Mustangs scored four goals against Hope International Tuesday afternoon in Fullerton, it would result in a win.  It did as the club snapped a four-game winless streak with a 4-1 win over the Royals, lifting it to 8-1-3 overall and 1-1-2 in GSAC play.

Not only did the Mustangs post their highest point total in three weeks, but they also did all the damage in the first half.  Junior transfer Jorge Serrano got the club rolling in the match's ninth minute (8:56), taking a pass from Marcelo Silva and hammering his fifth goal of the season to the far right post.

Less than 13 minutes later (21:46), Serrano was on the front end of the next score, crossing the ball from the left side to freshman Zach Egeler, who headed in his team-high seventh goal of the campaign for a 2-0 lead.

The scoring assault continued in the 38th minute (37:50) when freshman Jonathan Taves shot one on goal that came back to him on the rebound which he then took and put between the pipes for his fifth tally of the year and a 3-0 advantage.

Sophomore Kevin Scheunemann capped off the club's scoring with 2:16 left in the first half, taking a cross from Kamalei Pihana in the middle of the field and fitting the ball just under the crossbar for his initial tally of the season.

As further proof of the club's first-half dominance, the Mustangs held a 9-2 edge in shots on goal.

The Mustangs didn't score again although they continued to pound away at the Royal goal, outshooting the hosts 10-3 over the final 45 minutes.

Enjoying a four-goal cushion, the Mustangs turned their attention to posting their fifth shutout of the season.  Junior keeper Andrew Bussell kept that hope alive until the match's 80th minute (79:05) when Matthew Howard spoiled the effort with his ninth goal of the year.  Despite that disappointment, Bussell claimed his eighth win of the season.

Hoping to parlay this victory into a winning streak, the Mustangs return home on Saturday to host Pt. Loma Nazarene.  Kickoff on Reese Field is set for 2:30pm.