Mustangs Extinguish Firestorm

Highlighted by goals from seven different players and a one-sided shot advantage, The Master's College men's soccer team rolled to a 7-0 blanking of visiting Arizona Christian Thursday afternoon on Reese Field.

The victory extended the 15th-ranked Mustangs' season-opening winning streak to six matches while the Firestorm remained winless (0-4).

It took just over eight minutes (8:33) into play for the Mustangs to light up the scoreboard as junior transfer Jorge Serrano took a pass from Marcelo Silva and booted in his third goal of the young season.

Just over nine minutes later (17:34), the Mustangs doubled their advantage when Serrano sliced a corner kick into the box where senior Doug Armstrong put the ball past the ACU goalie for a 2-0 lead.

It took a while longer for the Mustangs to strike again but when they did, Serrano was the instigator, sending another corner kick into the goal area where Fabrice Gautrat got it to freshman Zach Egeler who scored his team-high sixth goal of the year at the 33:42 mark for a 3-0 advantage.

Not content with a three-goal edge, the Mustangs pushed the ball down the field once more before halftime and when Serrano found freshman Jordan Edwards off a free kick with 5:28 left, the junior transfer had his third consecutive assist and Edwards his first collegiate goal to give the Mustangs a 4-0 cushion they would take into the break.

Over the opening 45 minutes, the Mustangs overwhelmed the Firestorm in every statistical category, including a whopping 14-0 advantage in shots.

There was little letup in the second half as the Mustangs added 11 more shots and tacked on three more goals.

The first of that trio came just 5:11 into the final half when Kenny Gardner took a Taylor Shahi pass and pushed the ball between the pipes. 

Just under 19 minutes later (68:42), Shahi was on the receiving end, taking a throw-in from fellow freshman Jack Holmlund and kicking the ball by Firestorm goalie Jorge Arauz for a 6-0 lead.

With 3:54 left to play, freshman Darren Lightfoot capped the offensive fireworks, scoring his first collegiate goal and the match's final tally in unassisted fashion.

The Mustangs wound up with an eye-popping 25-2 shot advantage, including 16 on goal.  Serrano led the Mustangs with five points on a goal and three assists.  He leads the squad with seven assists and is tied with Egeler (six goals, one assist) for the team lead with 13 points.

Meanwhile, Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell wasn't even challenged, recording no saves en route to his second shutout of the season.

After four days off, the Mustangs hope to run their winning streak to seven matches when they host Bethesda in a 4:00 start on September 20.