Mustangs Edged In Season Opener
August 24, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. - Jared Brace's goal six minutes into the second half snapped a one-all tie and propelled No. 16 Concordia of Oregon past The Master's College 2-1 Friday evening in the season opener for both clubs.
Brace took a pass from Septi Danciu and rifled a low line drive from 15 yards out past Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell for the game-winner. It was Danciu's second assist of the evening, the first leading to a Michael Chamberlain goal just 8:17 into opening half.
That initial Cavalier goal stood up for exactly 18 minutes before Mustang Kevin Scheunemann knotted things with the club's first goal of the campaign at the 26:17 mark. The junior midfielder took advantage of a misclear by the Cavalier defense, swiping the ball and firing it past Concordia goalie Arne Niermann into the upper right corner of the net from 12 yards out.
The Mustangs had three other chances to score in the first half but Niermann was up to the task, notching three saves. Meanwhile, after Chamberlain's early goal, the Mustang defense took over, keeping the Cavaliers from sending any more shots on goal.
Despite Brace's goal six-plus minutes into the final half, the Mustang defense continued to dominate, allowing no shots on goal over the final 45 minutes. The Mustangs had a couple of opportunities in the second half but a pair of Austin Rochow shots were turned back by Niermann. Niermann finished with five saves.
The Mustangs wrap up play at the Concordia Classic Saturday when they tangle with Trinity Western of British Columbia at 4:30pm.
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