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It takes only one: TMC advances

Silva’s goal sends TMC to 16-team NAIA tourney in Fresno

Posted: November 21, 2009 9:23 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2009 9:19 p.m.

The Master's College's Marlon Lindo (17) steals the ball from Holy Names' Oscar Ruiz (2) in the opening round of the NAIA Tournament on Saturday at Reese Field. TMC advanced with a 1-0 victory.

Freshman forward Marcelo Silva took just one of the 21 shots taken by The Master's College men's soccer team on Saturday.

His shot was the only one that mattered.

The Mustangs, Golden State Athletic Conference champions and ranked seventh in the nation, defeated Holy Names University 1-0 at Reese Field in the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament on Saturday.

Silva scored in the eighth minute of play, taking advantage of a deflected pass from sophomore midfielder Douglas Armstrong. Silva volleyed the ball into the upper right corner for the eventual game winner.

"It looked like it was going wide," Silva said. "I couldn't believe it when it went in."

TMC head coach Jim Rickard said Silva has four goals on the season - all game winners.

"The ball just squirted out and he made the most of it," Rickard said. "It was really just a half-chance and it ends up being the game winner."

Strong defense by TMC kept the NAIA's top scorer, Hawks senior forward Mustafa Celik, under control. Celik had three shots in the match, none of those on goal.

"They knew who he was and they shut him down," said Holy Names head coach Tim Hart. "He's the type of player that if he gets a yard, he'll score. They did a good job of controlling him."

Rickard gave All-GSAC defenseman Andy Hegg credit for keeping Celik quiet.

"That was one of our main goals - to shut (Celik) down," Rickard said. "You can't let him get the ball. If he does, you have to keep his back to the goal."

Holy Names (13-4-2), the California Pacific Conference champions, was limited to just two shots in the first half of play. The Hawks came out of the halftime break much more aggressive and took two shots in the first few minutes of the second half. Holy Names finished the game with nine shots overall.

"They knew they had only 45 minutes left in their season unless they won," Hart said.

With 18 minutes left in the game, it looked like Holy Names might get an opportunity when Hawks senior forward Jonathan Tinjaca was tripped up in the box, but instead of getting a penalty kick, he was called offsides.

TMC also had chances to score in the second half.

Mustangs sophomore midfielder David Alegria hit the bottom of the left post with 17 minutes left in the game. Then, with just over eight minutes left to play, Silva was tripped up just outside the box for a free kick by The Master's. Sophomore defender Fabrice Gautrat quickly sent the ball into the back of the goal, but it was waved off because a TMC player had asked for 10 yards on the play.

With time winding down, tempers flared and the game became more physical as each team tried to keep its season from ending.

Holy Names junior midfielder Haris Obic and the Mustangs' Armstrong both received red cards in the 77th minute of play, leaving both teams playing short for the remainder of the game.

TMC scoring leader, sophomore forward Joel Peluffo took four shots in the match, while Jacob Marchesani and Gautrat had three shots each.

Hawks freshman goalkeeper Lars Johansen made nine saves.

TMC senior goalkeeper Kevin Lawson made four saves, including one involving a collision with Hawks senior forward Milan Partenijevic, who was injured on the play and didn't return.

"It was a good defensive effort," Rickard said. "Sometimes in soccer that's what wins championships."

TMC (17-2-2) will travel to Fresno for the 16-team single elimination tournament from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5. First up for the Mustangs is Indiana Tech on Nov. 30 at 2:00 p.m. Indiana Tech upset No. 2 Maine-Fort Kent on Saturday.


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