October 28, 2017
Trevor Mangan is heating up at just the right time.
With the regular season winding down and conference opponents focusing on stopping GSAC scoring leader Benjamin Tembo, Mangan has picked up the slack.
For the second time in as many Saturdays, the Mustangs' junior forward scored the game-winning goal, and this time it was the only score in a 1-0 victory over Westmont.
"I'm proud of the team to pull out the victory on Senior Day," said Master's coach Jim Rickard. "It was a well-earned shutout for Casey Phillips and the defense."
The win avenged a heartbreaking, double-overtime loss to the Warriors two weeks ago and clinched the No. 3 seed for the Mustangs in the GSAC tournament that starts later next week.
Mangan, a Saugus High School product, scored his seventh goal of the season. And it was a true team effort as freshman Leonardo Anjos stole the ball and got it to junior Jonathan Brown, who hit a long ball that fell perfectly to Mangan. Mangan then kicked it by Warrior keeper Andres Quiros at the 62:08 mark.
"Eventually our pressure paid off and a through ball fell to Trevor, who took full advantage with a cool finish," Rickard said.
With a stingy defense recording its second consecutive shutout and senior goalie Casey Phillips back in goal, that was just enough for the win.
Phillips, who had missed the past two matches, returned in strong fashion, posting three saves en route to his sixth shutout of the campaign and his 10th victory.
All three of Phillips' saves came in a torrid second half that featured a combined nine shots on goal by the two clubs. He turned a couple of Warrior shots away in a three-minute window early in the second half and then posted his final save with 14:22 left to play.
At the other end, Mangan made two more bids to add some insurance, nearly making it a two-goal margin less than a minute (62:50) after his game-winner, but Quiros made the save. The last of his three shots on goal was turned away by Quiros at 68:05.
It wasn't for lack of effort that Tembo didn't score, too. After breaking out of a four-match scoreless streak with a goal at William Jessup last Saturday, the junior striker put three shots on goal.
The season's biggest win gives the Mustangs a two-match winning streak and propels them into a GSAC tournament quarterfinal contest next Saturday against Menlo, a team TMU lost to 3-1 on October 19.
That match was in the Bay Area. Next Saturday's match will be on Reese Field where the Mustangs have lost only once in 2017. Game time is set for noon.