Poets Write Off Mustangs
September 4, 2013
Whittier, CA -- Whittier scored four unanswered goals and rallied past The Master's College 5-3 Wednesday evening, keeping the Mustangs winless through the first three matches of the 2013 campaign.
With the exception of last week's 5-4 exhibition loss to Cal State Bakersfield, Whittier's five tallies were the most the Mustangs have given up so far and it was little consolation that their three goals were the most the club had scored in regular-season play.
Picking up where they left off from their four-goal outing last week, the Mustangs wasted little time in sending a message to the Poets. Just 5:21 into the match, junior Jordan Edwards (Anchorage, AK) took a cross from freshman Zach Klindworth (Valencia, CA) and sent the ball into the top right corner of the net from 12 yards out for his first goal of the season.
However, just 3:10 (the 8:31 mark) later, the Poets evened things up when Gregorio Giorgi beat Mustang goalie Christian Bryant (Plymouth, MI) from the right side.
The first-half offensive fireworks had just begun, though, and the Mustangs were the ones setting them off. At the 16:26 mark, senior midfielder Jorge Serrano (Sylmar, CA) unlocked the one-all, scoring his first goal of the year in unassisted fashion for a 2-1.
Then, less than two minutes later (18:21), the advantage doubled when Klindworth raced down the left side and crossed a ball that hit off the side post and careened past Poet goalie Jorge Rivas. It was Klindworth's first collegiate goal and gave the Mustangs a 3-1 lead.
Unfortunately, that was the last time the Mustangs would hit the net on an evening when the offense was so prolific in the 18-plus minutes of play and so absent the rest of the way.
The Poets responded just over two minutes later, slicing the deficit to one goal on a Gary Kelman tally at the 21:07 mark. As quickly as the offenses shone on a warm evening, they went cold the rest of the half, one in which the Mustangs were outshot 10-7.
While the Mustangs were unable to re-generate their offense, Whittier's resurfaced just 6:56 into the second half when Francis Maxwell shot one by Mustang goalie Kyle Cunningham (Saugus, CA) to knot the match at 3-3.
The Poets were far from finished. Just 3:58 later (55:54), James Suri beat Cunningham again, putting Whittier ahead for good.
Whittier held on to the slightest of leads for over 25 minutes until Giorgi added an insurance goal, scoring at the 81:31 mark for a two-goal advantage.
The three second-half goals were just the outcomes of a 13-3 shot advantage for the Poets over the final 45 minutes.
It won't get any easier for the Mustangs in their quest for win number one as they take on No. 14 Oklahoma Wesleyan Saturday evening in a game to be played at Biola in La Mirada.