Blanked In Irvine
Parlaying a pair of first-half goals with a stingy defense, No. 13 Concordia shut out The Master's College 2-0 Saturday afternoon in Irvine.
The crucial GSAC loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Mustangs and dropped them to 3-2-2 in conference play and 10-2-3 overall. With two games left in the regular season, the Mustangs remained in fifth place with 11 points.
The Eagles, sitting atop the GSAC, struck 10:25 into action when the conference's leading scorer, Christian Ramirez, beat TMC goalie Andrew Bussell for a 1-0 lead.
Just over 22 minutes later (32:27), Ramirez was on the front end of the next Eagle tally, feeding David Garcia for the match's final score.
That was all the scoring offense either team could muster the rest of the way as both defenses took over. Despite outshooting the Eagles 9-7, the Mustangs could only manage one shot on goal and that was saved by Concordia keeper William Whiddon who notched his GSAC-best tying seventh blanking of the year.
Still in the hunt for a top four finish that would give them a first-round home match in the upcoming GSAC Tournament, the Mustangs return to Reese Field on Tuesday to host Biola in a 3:00 start.