October 12, 2016
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s University men’s soccer team battled to a 2-2 double-overtime draw Wednesday afternoon against the 17th-ranked Hope International University Royals on Reese Field.
The tie moved TMU’s 2016 campaign record to 7-4-2 and 2-2-1 in Golden State Athletic Conference play. Currently, the Mustangs sit in sixth-place in the conference standings with seven points, while the Royals (10-0-3, 4-0-1 GSAC) remain in first-place with 13 points.
“I am proud of our team’s determination and effort today against the GSAC’s first-place team,” commented head coach Jim Rickard. “Offensively, we did some excellent things and put them under pressure. The problem is that it wasn't enough. We started off slow and picked it up in the second half. I am relieved to at least get a point after dropping two overtime games.”
The Royals drew first blood six minutes and two seconds into play when Juan Gutierrez scored an unassisted goal inside the box.
Despite TMU outshooting the Royals 8-7 in the first half, the Mustangs faced a 1-0 deficit until Lloyd Virgil tied the match after connecting with an assist from Zach Klindworth at the 62:20 mark.
Two minutes later, Humphrey Mahowa put the Mustangs up 2-1 after scoring off another Klindworth assist.
Unfortunately, HIU’s Edson Torres capitalized on a Salvador Magallon corner kick, and tied the match at 2-2 with 19 minutes left in regulation.
After 90 minutes of play, Hope International posted 16 shots, while TMU was close behind with 15.
While the Royals fired six more shots over the course of two extra frames, outstanding play from Mustang goalkeeper Kyle Cunningham silenced HIU’s relentless assault and secured the double-overtime draw.
Cunningham finished the match with 11 total saves, while Klindworth led TMU’s attack by posting six shots, two shots, and two assists.
As a team, TMU tallied 17 shots, eight shots on goal, two assists, and two goals.
Now, the Mustangs look to earn their eighth win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Phoenix, Arizona to take on Arizona Christian University (4-9, 0-6 GSAC) at 1:30 p.m.