October 8, 2016
Rocklin, Calif. -- Nothing may be as frustrating for a soccer team than to play 90 minutes of regulation and almost 20 more of overtime and come away with nothing.
That's the perspective of The Master's University men's team following a gut-wrenching 2-1, double-overtime loss to William Jessup Saturday afternoon.
The defeat, marking the club's first two-overtime defeat of the season, dropped the Mustangs to 7-4-1 overall and 2-2 in the GSAC where they sit alone in sixth place.
The end came with just 22 seconds (109:38) remaining in the second extra stanza when Jessup's Michael Mazzoni, taking a pass from teammate Justin Soria, shot one by Mustang keeper Kyle Cunningham for the golden goal.
The game-winner unlocked a 1-1 tie that had existed since the 88:46 mark when TMU's Jonathan Brown evened the match, scoring his first goal of the campaign off a Warrior deflection with just over a minute left in regulation.
Brown's goal was one of only four shots on goal the Mustangs registered on the afternoon. The other three came off the foot of Lloyd Virgill, who just couldn't get one past Warrior goalie Nick Schnable.
One shot that wasn't saved and wasn't recorded as one on goal almost gave the Mustangs the first lead of the match. It came in the game's 31st minute (30:58) when Humphrey Mahowa just missed with a header that hit the post.
That and other misses led TMU head coach Jim Rickard to say after the match, "The bottom line is we are having a hard time finishing our chances and that is putting a lot of pressure on the defense."
As happens so frequently when one club doesn't capitalize on a scoring opportunity, the other does and Jessup made that pay off just over two minutes later (33:18) when Conner Entz put one past Cunningham to draw first blood for the Warriors.
After a first half that featured just four shots by each club, both sides became more aggressive in the second half with the Warriors outshooting the Mustangs 12-11. Brown's game-tying shot was one of those for TMU.
The Mustangs had a great opportunity for sudden victory in the first extra stanza, too, but Trevor Mangan's shot 1:50 into overtime hit the crossbar and bounced back. The Mustangs managed two more shots in the first overtime and the second extra stanza, as well, but they went either high or wide.
Despite the loss, the Mustangs' extra effort didn't go unnoticed by Rickard, who remarked, "Our best soccer was played in the overtime period and it wasn't enough. After we scratched our way back into the game we played well. The problem is we weren't sharp for most of regulation."
The Mustangs need that sharpness to return next Wednesday (October 12) when they return home to host first-place and undefeated Hope International (4-0 GSAC, 10-0-2 overall) at 3:00pm on Reese Field.