Taking The Sting Out Of The Scorpions

Jorge Serrano scored a pair of goals and Zachary Egeler snapped a second-half tie with another as The Master's College dominated and upset No. 21 Texas-Brownsville 4-1 Friday evening in Prescott, Arizona.

The victory finished off a very successful and quick trip to the high-altitude Arizona city with the Mustangs winning both of their matches en route to a 3-0 start.

For the third straight match, the Mustangs dented the scoreboard first as Serrano, a junior transfer from nearby College of the Canyons, kicked the ball past Scorpion goalie Axel Svenson at the 33:20 mark of the opening half.  Freshman Jonathan Taves assisted on the goal.

That slightest of margins held up through halftime with the Mustangs holding a 7-5 shot advantage.  TMC goalie Andrew Bussell notched a pair of saves in the opening 45 minutes.

However, he couldn't stop everything that came his way and the Scorpions knotted the match 2:39 into the second half on a goal by Steve Howard.

Even at 1-all, the squads settled into a back-and-forth tussle for the next 15 minutes until the Mustangs broke through in decisive fashion.  The scoring assault started with freshman Zachary Egeler who tallied his club-high fourth goal at the 62:21 mark, one that snapped the tie and put the Mustangs ahead to stay.

Just over 10 minutes later (72:55), the Mustangs extended the advantage to 3-1 when Serrano scored his second goal of the match in unassisted fashion.

Then, less than three minutes later, Taves finished off the scoring, tallying his third goal in as many matches with 14:54 left to play.

The Mustangs barely outshot the Scorpions (15-13) but had a better conversion rate between the pipes.  Bussell, who moved to 3-0 on the season, recorded five saves.

It's taken only three matches for the newcomer trio of Egeler, Serrano, and Taves to establish itself as an offensive force.  The three have combined for nine goals, four assists, and 22 points.

Unfortunately, at least for the offense, the Mustangs will have the next six days off before hosting their own tournament next weekend.  The two-day tourney will kick off on Friday (Sept. 9) at 2:30 when Biola and No. 16 Holy Names square off followed by the Mustangs' match against Westminster of Utah at 5:00.

On Saturday, Biola takes on Westminster at 2:30 while the Mustangs and Holy Names finish off the weekend at 5:00.