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College soccer: TMC outmatched by Concordia

NAIA No. 6 Eagles overwhelm the Mustangs in blowout victory at The Master’s College

Posted: October 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Master's College forward, and Canyon graduate, Austin Rochow, left, watches his shot go past Concordia University keeper Julio Trejo and into the goal at The Master's College on Tuesday. Concordia won 6-1.

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On one side of the field, a top 10-ranked team in the nation demonstrated its depth and speed throughout the day.

The other team was The Master’s College men’s soccer, which was outmatched in a 6-1 loss to Concordia on Tuesday at Reese Field.

Concordia came in ranked sixth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics poll and first in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

For most of the game, the Eagles (9-1-1 overall, 3-0-0 GSAC) showed why with aggressive, ball-control offense.

“They’re a pretty well-balanced team,” said TMC freshman A.J. Rochow. “But we’re a deep team too, just really young.”

A little more than eight minutes into the game, Concordia got on the scoreboard with an Edgar Orozco goal.

Later in the half, the Mustangs (5-6, 1-2) fell behind by another goal when Jose Tamayo knocked in a penalty kick in the 39th minute.

Concordia led 2-0 at halftime and extended its lead when Christian Ramirez found the back of the net in the 56th minute.

TMC finally answered three minutes later, after Rochow dribbled the ball from midfield down the left side, made a move inside and scored from the top of the 6-yard box to make it a 3-1 score.

“We got a little momentum going. We finally got one in and then they just kept capitalizing and they just had the momentum the whole time,” Rochow said.

His goal was one of just three shots for TMC in the game, while Concordia maintained relentless defensive pressure on the young Mustangs.

TMC has just three seniors on the roster and most of the starting lineup is made up of freshmen and sophomores.

When it came time to sub in players late in the game, the Eagles proved they had backups capable of putting a game away.

“We were able to go a lot deeper,” said Concordia head coach Chris Gould. “We used a lot more subs and it just didn’t give (TMC) a chance to breath.”

Three goals in the final 20 minutes of the game blew it wide open as the Mustangs lost to its second straight nationally-ranked conference opponent.

William Prado, Manny Plascencia and William Velasquez scored the final goals for Concordia, which finished with 13 shots, eight of which were on goal.

“It was a good lesson,” Rochow said. “And you can learn from this.”

The Mustangs will get their next shot on Saturday when they face Hope International on the road in Fullerton at 2:30 p.m, before returning home on Oct. 10 against Vanguard at 3 p.m.

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