No. 8 Biola Flies By Mustangs
October 2, 2013
La Mirada, Calif. -- One day after maintaining its status as the nation's eighth-ranked squad, Biola affirmed its lofty ranking Wednesday evening, tallying a trio of second-half goals to overcome a halftime deficit and race by The Master's College 4-2 in the GSAC opener for both clubs.
The loss snapped a two-game unbeaten skein for the Mustangs who fell to 1-5-1 overall while the Eagles stayed unbeaten at 7-0-1.
That unbeaten record was put to the test early by the Mustangs who came out aggressively and scored just 2:32 into play when freshman Zach Klindworth (Valencia, CA), off a pass from Vini Barauna (Sao Paulo, Brazil), fired one past Biola goalie JT Addington from 25 yards out for his team-high third goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
The Mustangs narrowly missed making it 2-0 in the 15th minute when senior Jorge Serrano's header hit the post. Just over two minutes later (16:54), the Eagles knotted the match on a Daniel Chew penalty kick that beat Mustang keeper Christian Bryant (Plymouth, MI).
The match settled into a field position battle over the next 20 minutes until the Mustangs caught a break when, off a cross, the ball deflected off a Biola defender for an own goal and a 2-1 lead at the 35:58 mark.
Neither team could do much more up to the break and the Mustangs went to halftime holding the slightest of leads. Both clubs fired off six shots over the opening 45 minutes with the Mustangs holding a 4-2 lead in shots on goal.
The total number of shots (8-6 in Biola's favor) wasn't much different in the second half but what did change was the ability of the Eagles to take advantage of some missed assignments that resulted in goals while the Mustangs came out flat and never really generated much offense.
The three-goal assault started just 1:58 into the final period when the first of those missed assiggnments enabled a shot from outside the box to go off Eagle John Hanscom and into the net, tying the match once again, this time at 2-all.
Then, just over two minutes later at the 49:31 mark, the Eagles went ahead for good on Kevin Kiser's booming shot from 30 yards out that settled into the top right corner of the net.
Down a goal, the Mustangs desperately tried to find something that would enable them to tie the match but they were unable to even put a shot on goal until Brett Croft's (Hesperia, CA) effort at the 83:29 mark was corraled by Addington.
They paid for that missed opportunity a little more than a minute later (84:45) when Bryant couldn't hold on to the ball and Eagle Marshall Deogracia booted it by him with the goal that addes some insurance.
Despite the loss, Coach Jim Rickard was encouraged that his team "played very well" against one of the nation's top clubs. Summing up his team's performance, he said, "We've found a combination that can play with anyone...but we are missing a small element that will enable us to finish off opponents. Overall, I'm very proud but disappointed to lose."
The Mustangs will try to do something about that disappointment on Saturday when they return to Reese Field to host Arizona Christian in a 1:30pm start.