All Knotted Up
The Master's College recorded its third shutout of the 2011 campaign Saturday afternoon on Reese Field. Unfortunately, the 12th-ranked Mustangs suffered their first blanking of the season, too, as they and Cal State San Marcos played to a double-overtime tie.
The scoreless final gave the Mustangs (7-0-1) their first blemish of the season after a seven-game winning streak to start the year. Meanwhile, the Cougars' record went to 5-4-1.
Both sides had opportunities in a hard-charging, physical first half. The Cougars, who committed 11 fouls in the opening period, outshot the Mustangs 8-6 over the first 45 minutes but TMC junior goalie Andrew Bussell and San Marcos keeper Andrew Castro recorded three saves apiece to keep zeros on the scoreboard.
The Mustangs, who turned the tables on the Cougars in the second half with a 6-2 edge in shots, almost ended the deadlock with just over 11 minutes left in regulation when junior Jorge Serrano's shot hit the post. Freshman Jonathan Taves had a pair of chances in the final five minutes but was turned away both times and the game went to overtime.
In the first 10-minute extra period, both squads had only one shot apiece and again the Mustangs almost made it count but Marcelo Silva's attempt at the 98:06 mark was corralled by Castro.
Taves posted three more shots in the second overtime but Castro notched saves on two of them. The Cougars made one more rush in the final two minutes but Bussell was up to the task, making a save on one shot with 1:42 left and watching another sail high 28 seconds later.
The Mustangs made one more push but were denied when Zach Egeler's shot with eight seconds remaining went high.
After 110 minutes of play, the Mustangs had outshot the Cougars 19-13 with Taves recording three shots on goal. Meanwhile, Bussell, who had four saves, posted his third shutout of the season.
With eight games under their belts and an undefeated record so far, the Mustangs now turn their attention to GSAC play. It won't be an easy start for the Mustangs as they kick off conference play next Saturday (Oct. 1) at Vanguard, the defending GSAC champion and a participant in last year's NAIA National Tournament.