Good News, Bad News
October 30, 2013
Santa Clarita, CA -- First, the good news. For the eighth time in the past 10 years, The Master's College men's soccer team has qualified for the postseason.
The bad news is that the Mustangs lost to 12th-ranked Concordia Wednesday afternoon, spotting the Eagles two first-half goals and losing 2-1. With the victory, the Eagles clinched their second consecutive GSAC regular-season championship.
On the other hand, despite falling to 4-10-1 overall and 3-6 in conference play, the Mustangs, following Arizona Christian's loss to Biola yesterday, wrapped up the GSAC's sixth and final playoff spot. They'll begin play in the GSAC Tournament next Wednesday, playing on the road against an opponent that will be determined on Saturday.
Just as they did in a 3-2 victory over the Mustangs on October 8, the Eagles struck first and never looked back. And it was Isaac Gettis, who scored a goal in that win, who got the Eagles going. With 15:17 gone, Gettis took a pass from Asher Axe and put it past Mustang goalie Kyle Cunningham (Saugus, CA) for a 1-0 lead.
Then, a little over 17 minutes later (32:32), the Eagles doubled their advantage when Neil Anaya, off an assist from Kayvon Afsarifard, booted another one by Cunningham with what turned out to be the eventual difference-maker.
The Mustangs, playing without several key players, didn't get much going offensively in the first half, posting just one shot on goal over the first 45 minutes.
They produced two more in the second stanza and one of those found the net. Just 3:01 into the final half, Kevin Scheunemann (Giessen, Germany) scored his second goal of the year off an assist from Zach Klindworth (Valencia, CA), halving the deficit.
Nearly 17 minutes later, Schenuemann almost tied it up, hitting the crossbar with a shot at the 64:35 mark and then just missing again 15 seconds later when Eagle keeper Jordan Brinkley, who finished with two saves, turned back the final real threat of the afternoon.
The Mustangs never put another shot on goal while Cunningham, who registered eight saves overall, recorded three of those over the final 22 minutes.
The club winds up conference and regular-season play, hosting Biola in a 3:00pm match on Reese Field. The two squads last faced each other on October 2 when the Eagles doubled up the Mustangs 4-2 in the conference opener.