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Arcadia pulls away from Mustangs in second half

Kevin Benitez scored his third goal of the season in the 87th minute to avoid a Mustang shutout.

Kevin Benitez scored his third goal of the season in the 87th minute to avoid a Mustang shutout.

After earning points in five of their previous six games, the Mustangs men’s soccer team couldn’t keep up their momentum as they fall to Arcadia, 4-1 on Saturday.

Stevenson fell behind 4-0 before finally scoring a goal in the 87th minute to avoid the shutout. But despite the one-sided scoreline, play, shots and corner kicks were fairly even between the teams. Arcadia just barely out-shot Stevenson 14-11, with no big different in either half. Arcadia also only led in corner kicks 7-6.

The difference was shot accuracy. Arcadia had nine shots on goal. Michael Tringali matched his counter-part Chris Watson with five saves; not enough to make up the difference.

Manny Camacho gave the Knights an early lead when he floated a shot over the defense and over the out-stretched arms of Tringali into the top right corner of the goal in the eighth minute.

Neither team could break the other the rest of the first half, but in the second half the Knights scored again early. Their second goal came just 47 seconds out of the break after Bradley McKim crossed a ball to Ricardo Margolles, who put the ball in the back of the net.

Play was one again fairly even, until Pat Hartman scored back-to-back goals eight minutes apart for give the Knights a 4-0 lead.

Hartman’s first goal was in the 78th minute and then got lose off a corner kick to put the ball into the top right corner of the goal in the 86th minute.

Stevenson finally scored in the 87th minute on Kevin Benitez’ third goal of the year. Arcadia lost the ball in the six yard box and Benitez quickly ran onto the ball and put it into the back of the net.

Stevenson will move on to the third game of their four-game home stand on Wednesday when they host Messiah at 7 pm.

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