November 10, 2016
La Mirada, Calif. -- It's amazing the sudden impact a golden goal can have on a soccer team.
For The Master's University it was an overtime goal by Westmont that put an end to a match, a potential GSAC Tournament championship game appearance, and a season.
The end came 2:34 into the extra period when Warrior Francisco Castro put one by Mustang goalie Kyle Cunningham on a free kick. In a match featuring 32 shots, including eight on goal, it was the Warriors who made good on the final one of the afternoon to post the 1-0 win.
The Mustangs had several chances, putting three on goal, but Warrior keeper Lalo Delgado was up to the task each time. Delgado stopped a shot by Trevor Mangan at the end of the first half and then made saves on second-half shots by Justin Ikeora (a header at 76:48) and Humphrey Mahowa (82:37).
The suddenness of it all shocked and disappointed Jim Rickard. Following the match, the 26th-year head coach said, "I'm disappointed for the season to end but proud of the team's hard work and effort."
On the thought of losing eight seniors, Rickard remarked, "I'm thankful for the seniors who did everything I asked of them without question. For their leadership and for buying into the team philosophy, these traits will take them far in life. They expressed their gratitude to have the opportunity to honor the Lord with their gifts and abilities."
So, an end comes to a season highlighted by the program's 300th win under Rickard's leadership and double- digit victories (11-7-2) for the 19th time during his coaching era.