Down and Out in Riverside

California Baptist scored a goal in each half and knocked The Master’s College men’s soccer team out of the NCCAA playoffs 2-0 Saturday afternoon in Riverside.  The defeat, bringing an end to the Mustangs’ season, kept TMC from attempting to win its sixth NCCAA national championship.

Playing for the right to advance to the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida, November 30-December 3, both clubs played scoreless ball through the first 40 minutes.  The Mustangs managed only two shots in the first half, neither one of them on goal.  Meanwhile, the Lancers had just one shot on goal but made it count in a huge way.

At the 41:37 mark, Jonathan Fausto, who had just come into the game, took a pass from Osvaldo Batista and ripped a shot between the pipes from the right angle for a 1-0 lead.

Playing on into the final period, the Mustangs really didn’t threaten until the 73:08 mark when Jorge Serrano’s shot was saved by Lancer goalie Joey Pacheco.  Seven minutes later, a header by Joel Peluffo went wide.

Taking the ball back down the field, the Lancers made one more of their three shots on goal pay off as Marc Hope, on a pass from Cole Schmit, knuckled a shot just over Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell and under the crossbar for an insurance tally.

Down the stretch, the Mustangs had a couple of opportunities to get on the board but Pacheco turned back shots by Josh Hoeft and Fabrice Gautrat in the final four minutes to preserve the shutout and the win.

The Mustangs finished the 2011 campaign with an 11-6-3 record.