August 25, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Master's College men's soccer team was glad to leave Portland Saturday evening following a weekend in which the offense really struggled. It was capped off Saturday evening in a 2-0 loss to Trinity Western when the Mustangs failed to put a single shot on goal while falling to 0-2 to start the season.
For the second match in a row, the Mustangs gave up an early score as Spartan Spencer Schmidt converted a penalty kick with 9:04 gone for a 1-0 lead. It wouldn't be the last time the Mustangs would hear from Schmidt.
Although they didn't score again in the first half, the Spartans continued to pound away at the Mustang goal, firing nine shots, including four more on goal that were turned away by Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell. Only the senior keeper and his defensive teammates kept the deficit from growing larger than the 1-0 score at halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half, though, as the Spartans produced ten more shots, three of those on goal. One of those came off the foot of Schmidt from 15 yards out at the 67:48 mark that found its way past Bussell and into the net for the match's final tally. Bussell wound up with six saves.
In search of their first win, the Mustangs return to Southern California to play their home opener next Friday when they host Whittier in a 4:00pm on Reese Field.