Griffins, Lightning Stop Mustangs
August 24, 2013
Salt Lake City, Utah -- Westminster College's Manuel Duenas scored the tie-breaking goal in the second half and then lightning ended any chance of The Master's College rallying as the host Griffins held on to edge the Mustangs 2-1 Saturday afternoon.
The loss was the second in a row for the Mustangs to start the 2013 campaign.
With the match tied at a goal apiece, Duenas took a pass from teammate Omar Jaimes and beat Mustang goalie Christian Bryant from four yards out at the 66:35 mark. And, for the second game in a row, the Mustangs, who had just two shots on goal, couldn't respond down the stretch.
Of course, it didn't help that they didn't have the chance to play the entire 90 minutes of regulation in an effort to knot the match. With a storm, featuring lightning, rolling into the area, the contest was stopped with 1:52 left to play. Thirty minutes later, the game was officially called and the Mustangs left Utah winless.
It was a frustrating way to end a road trip, one that featured just four shots on goal and one score. That tally came off the foot of senior Kevin Scheunemann (Malang, Indonesia) at the 32:08 mark of the first half, tying the game at a goal apiece and snapping the Mustangs' scoreless streak at 122:08. The assist went to freshman Zach Klindworth (Valencia, CA), whose pass allowed Scheunemann to beat Griffin goalkeeper Logan Butzier from four yards out.
Westminster had drawn first blood just 3:23 into play when Ryan Smith put one by Mustang goalie Kyle Cunningham (Saugus, CA). Cunningham and Bryant, playing one half each again as Coach Jim Rickard tries to determine a starter, flipped-flopped halves from Thursday's match with Bryant taking the loss this time.
Now, the Mustangs return to California to play a couple of non-counting games this week, taking on Cal State Los Angeles in a scrimmage on Tuesday and then traveling to Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday for an exhibition.