Egeler, Mustangs Sink Mariners
Freshman Zachary Egeler notched a hat trick in his first collegiate game and The Master's College swamped Marymount 6-1 Tuesday afternoon on Reese Field in the season opener for both clubs.
Egeler, a Colorado Spring, Colorado, product, wasted little time sparking the Mustangs, tallying the season's first score 16:14 into play off an assist from Marcelo Silva.
Just over eight minutes later (24:29), the Mustangs doubled their advantage as another freshman, Jonathan Taves, struck in unassisted fashion for a 2-0 lead.
The Mustangs continued to pound away (eight first-half shots) at the Mariners' side of the field and the pressure paid off once more but this time in an unexpected way when the visitors put the ball in their own goal, increasing the TMC lead to 3-0 with 18:09 left in the opening half.
With a three-goal lead the offense took a break that lasted through halftime but the defense was just as effective, blanking the Mariners as junior goalie Andrew Bussell recorded a pair of first-half saves.
Just over seven minutes into the second half, the offense kicked it back into gear as senior forward Joel Peluffo, the club's leading scorer over the past two campaigns, split the pipes with his first goal off an Egeler assist for a 4-0 lead.
Then, it was Egeler's turn again and again. He tallied his second goal of the afternoon at the 59:28 mark and followed that just over eight minutes later (68:07) with the club's final score off a Jorge Serrano assist.
With a 6-0 lead and an easy win in hand, the only uncertainty left was whether or not the Mustangs could put an exclamation point on the afternoon with a shutout. But, the Mariners spoiled that and Bussell's second career blanking with a goal at the 87-minute mark.
Egeler, who had a sensational debut with seven points, paced the Mustangs' 14-7 shot advantage, while Bussell registered four saves.
The Mustangs get just one day to savor the season-opening victory before traveling to Prescott, Arizona, for a pair of matches. On Thursday, the club takes on host Embry Riddle University and then on Friday the Mustangs tangle with Texas-Brownsville.