Mustangs Rally Late To Douse Flames
September 24, 2013
Santa Clarita, Calif. -- Jorge Serrano converted a penalty kick with 3:42 left to play to put The Master's College men's soccer team ahead to stay, completing a furious comeback and giving the Mustangs their first win of the 2013 campaign, a 3-2 decision over Bethesda Tuesday afternoon on Reese Field.
The victory snapped a five-match winless streak and improved the Mustangs to 1-4-1.
Serrano (Sylmar, CA) got the opportunity to boot in the game-winner after freshman Zach Klindworth (Valencia, CA) made a great move in the box and drew the decisive foul, setting up the senior forward for the club's first penalty kick of the season and his first goal of the year at the 86:18 mark.
About 27 minutes earlier, it was Klindworth who got the Mustangs on the scoreboard after they spotted the Flames a 2-0 lead. The freshman midfielder split the Bethesda defense and beat keeper Osccar Gomez at the 59:27 mark of the match with his second goal of the season, one that halved the Mustang deficit.
Then, with just under 10 minutes left to play, the Mustangs struck again as junior Jordan Edwards (Anchorage, AK) fought his way through a cadre of Flame defenders and kicked in the tying goal, his second of the year, at the 80:42 mark.
Those three goals completed a strong second-half performance by a revived Mustang offense that outshot the Flames 12-5, including 7-2 in shots on goal over the final 45 minutes.
Although the Mustangs had a couple of real good chances to score in the match's first seven minutes, they really didn't do much after that in what Coach Jim Rickard called a "sluggish" start.
The Flames took advantage of that in the match's 24th minute (23:27) when Mingyu Wee put one by Mustang goalie Kyle Cunningham (Saugus, CA) for a 1-0 lead.
That smallest of margins stood up through halftime and the first six minutes of the closing stanza when the visitors doubled their advantage on a Danny Lopez goal at the 51:56 mark.
However, that two-goal deficit seemed to energize the Mustangs who bounced back with a fervor that eventually led to three great finishes and a much-needed victory.
Overall, the Mustangs outshot the Flames 16-7 and Cunningham notched a single save to run his record to 1-3.
Rickard is hoping that his club's second-half performance will carry over into GSAC play that opens next week when the Mustangs travel to No. 8 Biola on October 2.