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David Alegria and Jorge Serrano tallied three points apiece and Andrew Bussell notched another shutout as The Master's College blanked Pt. Loma Nazarene 4-0 Saturday afternoon on Reese Field.
The Mustangs' second consecutive four-goal outing lifted the club to 9-1-3 overall and 2-1-2 in the GSAC where they hold sole possession of fifth place with eight points. The match lent further credence to the fact that when the Mustangs score two or more goals, they are undefeated (9-0).
Alegria, one of five seniors on the squad and a starter on the back line, got the Mustangs rolling in the match's 27th minute (26:22) when he took a Josh Hoeft pass and put it by Sea Lion keeper Keith Cline for his first goal of the season and a 1-0 edge.
That lead held up throughout the rest of the first half, dominated by the Mustangs (10-1 in overall shots and 5-1 on goal), and four-plus minutes into the second period (49:42) when the club doubled its advantage. That's when Serrano, taking a feed from Alegria, recorded his sixth goal of the year for a 2-0 lead. Serrano's goal total is second on the squad to Zach Egeler's seven.
But, Serrano's primary strength in his first season as a Mustang hasn't been in scoring goals but in setting up his teammates to do so. So, it was only fitting that in the match's 63rd minute (62:32), he and Fabrice Gautrat assisted on Joel Peluffo's second tally of the season. The assist was Serrano's team-leading eleventh of the year and the second-best mark in the GSAC.
Alegria wasn't the only one to score his first goal of the season as junior transfer Daniel Miller equaled that feat with 1:58 left to play in unassisted fashion. The Mustangs outshot the Sea Lions 12-4 over the final 45 minutes and wound up with a whopping 22-5 advantage in that category.
In all the excitement of another solid offensive showing, Bussell's play in goal should not be overlooked. All the junior keeper did was save three shots, record his fifth shutout of the year, and lower his goals-against average to a microscopic 0.66. The last two marks are good for second in the conference.
Riding a productive offense and a stingy defense, the Mustangs look to gain more ground in the GSAC this Wednesday when they stay home to host Fresno Pacific in a 3:00 start on Reese Field. The Sunbirds are currently one of three squads tied for first place in conference play, four points ahead of the Mustangs.