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College soccer: Mustangs making some noise

TMC wins third straight game, stays unbeaten at home

Posted: October 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master's College’s Jorge Serrano, right, takes the ball from Fresno Pacific’s Alexis Hernandez on Wednesday at Reese Field.

 

The Master’s College men’s soccer is officially out of its mild slump.

More than that, the team may have just put itself into contention in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

TMC’s Jorge Serrano scored two second-half goals — one of them after a red card reduced TMC to 10 men — to come from behind and beat Fresno Pacific University 2-1 on Wednesday at Reese Field.

It’s the third straight win for the Mustangs (10-1-3, 3-1-2), who began conference play with a shaky 0-1-2 start.

The win moves TMC to within a point of FPU (8-5, 4-2), which came into the day tied for first place in the GSAC.

“Today was the real test whether we have good, deep playoff potential or not,” said TMC head coach Jim Rickard. “And I think, especially being a man down, we kind of proved that.”

Mustangs midfielder Joel Peluffo was the player who drew a red card at the 55:24 mark of the second half, leaving his team in a 1-1 tie with a one-player disadvantage.

Peluffo’s red card came after a collision with Sunbirds defender Chris Young, which left Young on the ground injured for several minutes.

He returned to the game shortly after the fact.

With the wind at their backs, the Mustangs turned up the intensity on offense, and in the 81st minute, it culminated in Serrano’s game-winning goal from 10 yards away.

After receiving a pass from Marcelo Silva, Serrano wrestled the ball away from a crowd of defenders before kicking it into the center of the goal.

“It was going to be a little one-two with me and Marcelo,” Serrano said. “I just turned and decided to take it myself... it was one of those millisecond decisions.”

With 10 minutes to play, the Sunbirds tried to counter by taking advantage of a winded TMC team.

Goalkeeper Andrew Bussell and the Mustang defense didn’t yield though, despite FPU’s 14 shots in the contest.

It was a different story in the first half, which saw the Sunbirds not only dominate the possession, but take a 1-0 lead headed into the break off Fabricio Nazare’s left-footed goal in the 23rd minute.

In the second half, momentum appeared to change.

“They just came all out,” said FPU defender Luke Tyler of the Mustangs. “They’re losing. It’s their home field. They’ve got nothing to lose.”

Prior to the red card, Serrano knocked in his first goal 25 yards out in the middle of the field.

As he was moving quickly from the right side, he quickly turned toward the goal and fired a left-footed shot just inside the right post to tie it at 1-1 in the 51st minute.

TMC continued to control the pace of the game and create scoring opportunities, finishing with 16 shots and seven on goal.
“I think the fact that we kind of took over the midfield basically was the difference,” Rickard said.

The Mustangs have yet to lose a game at home this season, improving to 6-0-2 at Reese Field with Wednesday’s win.

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