Oklahoma Wesleyan Flies Like An Eagle Over Mustangs
September 7, 2013
La Mirada, CA -- Just three days after scoring a season-high for goals and seemingly over its early-season offensive woes, The Master's College men's soccer team was dealt a reversal Saturday evening when No. 14 Oklahoma Wesleyan shut out the Mustangs 2-0 in a game played at Biola in La Mirada.
It was the second time the Mustangs have been shut out this season and kept them winless through their first four matches of 2013.
After spotting the Mustangs an early shot on goal (Kenny Gardner in the game's fourth minute) , the Eagles took over and dominated play the rest of the half to the tune of a 13-2 shot advantage over the opening 45 minutes. One of those found the back of the net in the match's 36th minute (35:03) when Ben Williams headed in a corner kick from Lucas Almeida, beating Mustang goalie Kyle Cunningham (Saugus, CA) for a 1-0 lead.
Despite getting beat on that goal, Cunningham and his teammates did a sensational job in the first half by holding the Eagles to just one goal. Cunningham registered seven first-half saves. Mustang James Obimbo (Nairobi, Kenya), meanwhile, almost knotted things up toward the end of the half but his shot was turned away on a team effort by the Eagles.
Although the Mustangs played on an even keel with the Eagles in the second half, with both teams recording eight shots apiece, they just couldn't draw even. So, the Eagles took things into their own hands, er, feet, when Perica Obradovic took a deflection off Cunningham at the 62:38 mark and put the ball past the Mustang goalie from five yards out.
That was all the Eagles, who outshot the Mustangs 21-10, needed to salt the game away. Cunningham played valiantly in goal, finishing the game with a season-high eight saves.
Having played four matches on the road over the last 16 days, the Mustangs must now wait two weeks in their quest for their first win. That opportunity will present itself on September 21 when the Mustangs host Cal State San Marcos in their home opener.