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Westminster soccer: Griffins shutout The Master’s, 2-0

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 6:11 p.m. MDT

The Westminster men’s soccer team remained unbeaten on the early season after claiming a 2-0 victory over The Master’s on Saturday afternoon at Dumke Field in the Westminster Kickoff Classic.

Westminster (2-0-1) broke through in the 24th minute from a free kick. Manuel Duenas took the kick and played the ball to Anthony Alcox in the middle of the field about 25 yards from goal. Alcox blasted a shot inside the left post for the game’s first goal and his first goal of the season.

The game remained 1-0 until the 81st minute when freshman Kennedy Alder put his name on the score sheet. Jonnathan Rodriguez carried the ball down the right side and crossed it into the penalty area. It took a deflection off the foot of Jacob Smith and came to Alder who fired it into the net for some late insurance.

The Griffins posted a second-straight shutout and extended their streak without allowing a goal to 279 minutes in this game despite being outshot by The Master’s, 17-7. The Mustangs (0-2) only put five of those attempts on frame, while Westminster put five of its seven shots on goal.

Andrew Clayton led the Griffins with a pair of shots and put both of them on target. The other five attempts came from five different players. Taylor Ruff earned the shutout victory in goal with five saves in his first appearance with the Griffins.

Westminster closes out the Kickoff Classic on Sunday when it faces Bethesda University of California at 12:30 p.m. MT at Dumke Field.

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