Nearing the end of the regular season, The Master's College men's soccer team has picked the wrong time to have its offense dry up. That was in troubling evidence again on a misty Tuesday afternoon when Biola came to Placerita Canyon and blanked the Mustangs 2-0.
The Mustangs' second defeat in a row, coming on the heels of Saturday's identical loss to Concordia, dropped them to 3-3-2 in the GSAC and 10-3-3 overall. With the win, the Eagles vaulted over the Mustangs (11 points) and into fifth place with 12 points.
If one were to take a look at the first-half stat sheet, it would appear that the Eagles dominated play. In terms of shot, they did, posting a 7-1 advantage . But, it did the Eagles little good until the 31st minute (30:22) when Zach Bautista scored the only goal his team would need off a rebound.
Coming out of the halftime break, the Mustangs had a chance to knot the game but a Marcelo Silva shot was saved by Biola keeper Aaron Fenlason. It was the only shot on goal the Mustangs recorded over the final 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell, who notched four first-half saves, was up to the task in the second half, keeping his teammates just one good shot away from tying things up. But, even he couldn't keep the Eagles from doubling their advantage as own goal with 3:29 remaining wrapped things up for the visitors.
The Mustangs, who entered Tuesday's match with slim hopes of finishing in the GSAC's top four, which would have guaranteed them a first-round home game in the upcoming conference tournament, now hope to snap a two-game losing streak and gain back some momentum when they travel to El Cajon on Saturday to face San Diego Christian in the regular-season finale for both clubs.