Back to .500
September 11, 2012
SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Jake Kaiser's goal at the 27:37 mark of the opening half combined with a physical defense propelled Cal State San Marcos to a 1-0 win over The Master's College Tuesday afternoon, snapping the Mustangs' three-match winning streak.
The Mustangs, who hadn't lost since August 25, fell to 3-3.
Kaiser's goal with 17:23 left in the opening half was part of an all-out assault on the net by the Cougars, demonstrated by a 9-0 advantage in shots. Mustang goalie Andrew Bussell did a great job in deflecting many of those shots, making six saves during the first 45 minutes of action, but there wasn't much he could to prevent Kaiser's shot from going between the pipes.
The goal was set up on a long throw and a header that found its way to Kaiser who shot it by Bussell for what turned out to be the game-winner. Much to his credit and that of his defensive teammates, Bussell stopped every other Cougar shot and finished with a season-high nine saves.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs couldn't get anything going offensively, especially during a first half in which Coach Jim Rickard said "his young team had a hard time playing possession soccer." They played much better in the final stanza as evidenced by a 5-2 disadvantage in shots but they didn't wind up with a single shot on goal.
Seeking to regain the momentum that carried them to their recent three-game winning streak, the Mustangs will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Long Beach to take on Marymount.