RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Historically, The Master's has proven to be one of the toughest teams in the GSAC to score on.
Case in point, four of the past seven years the Mustangs have finished in the top two in the conference in goals against average, including last year when the reigning GSAC champs allowed just 15 goals all year on their way to the NAIA championship game.
The way things are going lately for California Baptist University, though, it hasn't really mattered who it's going up against.
The NAIA's No. 7-ranked Lancers got goals from four different players, two of them from free kicks, and dismantled No. 23 The Master's, 4-0, Saturday afternoon.
"We just had a solid, professional performance," said CBU Head Coach Ryan Jorden. "We weren't great, but the guys worked hard to try to be good, and goals came as a result."
The win is the Lancers' seventh straight, which sets a school record bettering the former standard set in 2001. They improve to 9-1 overall, 3-0 GSAC (9 points) and get set for a colossal showdown at home with fifth-ranked Vanguard Tuesday.
The Mustangs drop to 4-3-2, 1-2-0 (3 points).
Tyler Aagard got things started with his first career goal in the fourth minute. Sixteen minutes later, the Lancers gained a man advantage when Mustang defender Fabrice Gautrat was sent off with a red card. Ten minutes later, Osvaldo Bastida scored his team-leading seventh of the season, and the route was on.
"To be honest, I didn't think we were good in the first half," said Jorden. "Anytime (a red card) happens, there's more pressure to be good. The challenge for the guys was to set a high standard and perform in a way that would allow for us to have success. I thought they did better at doing that as the game went along, but we'll keep teaching and trying to improve to get to where we want to get."
Heitor Santarem tallied three assists, each on the Lancers' first three goals, the first two on perfect free kicks. His first one was bent from the right side, and Aagard got the end of it in the area, his low header beating Mustang keeper Andrew Bussell to the near post. His second one was bent from the left side, and Bastida got his head on it, this time sending it over Bussell to the far post.
Bastida's goal was his career-high seventh of the season, and it gave him 43 career points, moving him into a tie for ninth place on the Lancers' career chart. He has scored in three straight games and five of the past six, and it's his seventh straight game with a point.
Then, just 3:07 into the second half, Santarem played ball from the middle to the left side of the area. Jonathan Fausto got behind the defense and hammered his third goal of the year to the far post.
Cole Schmit then completed the scoring in the 76th minute with his first career strike after Darren Whitty sent a cross into the area. The four goals is the most the Mustangs have allowed since Nov. 1, 2007, in a 4-0 loss at No. 2 Fresno Pacific.
The Lancers out-shot the Mustangs, 13-10, including 6-2 on goal. GSAC Defensive Player of the Week Jeff Redinger and Joey Pacheco each made a save, combining on the Lancers' second straight shutout, fifth overall.