The Master’s University men’s soccer team would much rather score a victory in regulation.
The Mustangs won’t argue, though, with winning in overtime which they did Saturday when Dylan Bielanski (pictured above, No. 7) scored the game-winner 6:14 into the first extra period for a 2-1 victory over the University of Antelope Valley in Lancaster.
The golden goal ended the club’s sixth overtime match of the season in eight outings and improved the Mustangs to 4-3-1.
“It was a physical game and UAV had a lot of strength and quickness on a long grass field,” said TMU head coach Jim Rickard. “It took us some time to acclimate. I’m really proud of our resilience and continual hard work.”
Bielanski scored the first golden goal of his career after getting a perfect through ball from Tyler Grassi, outrunning a Pioneer defender, and calmly putting it past UAV goalie Luis Garnica.
It was the senior’s team-leading seventh goal of the season, tying a career-high he set last year.
That capped off a come-from-behind victory for the Mustangs, who had fallen behind 1-0 on a Giancarlo Canas goal 12:48 into the first half.
They evened the score 4:17 into the second half when Cameron Molyneux booted in what Rickard described as a “bomb of a goal” from 35 yards out on a free kick.
It was the graduate student’s first goal of the season.
Sophomore keeper Price Anderson, who replaced David Quijano Serna in the second half, picked up his fourth win of the season with a scoreless 51:14 of play between the pipes. He recorded three saves.
“Our game shape and stamina are getting much better just at the right time,” said Rickard.
That right time is most likely a reference to GSAC play which starts on October 3.
Before that, though, the Mustangs play their final non-conference match of the regular season next Saturday, hosting Bethesda in 4:00 p.m. start on Reese Field.
— Game Recap By Don Gilmore, TMU Assistant Sports Information Director