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Men's Soccer - Sat, Nov. 5, 2016 - posted by Seth Preuss
Ryan Brown notched his final six save of the year for HIU against TMU
Ryan Brown notched his final six save of the year for HIU against TMU
The Master's University
(RV)Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – Hope International hosted The Master's University in the first round of the GSAC Playoffs. In a match that looked like it was destined for overtime HIU was knocked out of the playoffs in regulation after the Mustangs netted the deciding goal with three minutes remaining.

The Royals started strong with excellent play from GSAC Co-Player of the Year Thales Serra – Serra drew a pair of yellow cards from frustrated Mustang players less than five minutes in with his play. HIU would get off both the first shot of the match at 4' from Juan Gutierrez and the first shot on goal at 14' from Joel Palomares – Palomares' shot on goal was saved at the last moment to keep the scoreboard clean.

At 17' Ryan Brown made his first save of the match and would finish the first half with three saves to his credit. Neither side could break through the defense of the other and at the break the score was tied at 0-0.

After the break Brown was not called on to make a save again until 78' when one of the Mustangs' All-GSAC players got loose just long enough for a shot from long range. Three minutes later at 81' Brown made his fifth save of the match and at 84' Brown made his best save of the day, a full-extension fingertip deflection diving to his right.

Unfortunately, a momentary breakdown in communication on a Mustangs' breakaway opportunity would spell the end to the Royals' playoff run at 87. After carrying the ball up the left side and into the box, an All-GSAC player for TMU dished the ball five yard out for a goal over the head of Brown.

The Royals tried to counter up the field after the Mustangs' goal but TMU did a good job of sending the ball forward to burn time off the clock. HIU was able to set up for a free kick after a TMU yellow card at 88' but the header from Alexander Echevarria was saved by the Mustang keeper – HIU would not have another opportunity and fell 0-1 in regulation.

The Royals will await the final results of the 2016 GSAC Tournament and tune in to the NAIA National Office's selection show on Nov. 14 to find out if their 11-win season was enough for an at-large bid to the National Tournament. Stay tuned to hiuroyals.com for more information and a final season recap in the coming weeks.

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Overall GSAC Streak
4-1-2 (.714) 0-0 (.000) Lost 1