The No. 16-ranked Concordia Eagles entered the final week of the regular season needing a result and bounce-back win to claim their second-straight Regular-Season GSAC Championship. They took advantage of their first opportunity on Wednesday afternoon, October 30, in a 2-1 win over The Master's in Santa Clarita, CA.
The win gave them their second-straight and fourth Regular-Season GSAC Championship in program history (2005, 2006, 2012).
On Wednesday Isaac Gettis opened the scoring at 15:17 when he was on the receiving end of an Asher Axe cross through the box, put home through the left slot. The game-winner came at 32:32 as Neil Anaya was able to one-touch Kayvon Afsarifard's pass for the 2-0 lead. Three minutes into the second half Kevin Scheunemann scored The Master's lone goal.
"I am really proud of the effort and work put in by the guys today," Concordia head coach Chris Gould said. "It's always tougher the second time you play an opponent, and today we had to grind the game out."
Jordan Brinkley was solid in goal for Concordia, making two saves to improve to 10-4. Kyle Cunningham made eight saves for the Mustangs. Concordia was aggressive on the offensive end, taking 14 shots, with 10 on goal. TMC only got three shots on frame.
"Winning back-to-back titles is an honor for our program and university," Gould said. "Our players should be proud of the achievement, as the GSAC is one of the toughest conferences in the country. Our coaching staff can't thank the athletic training staff, athletic department, faculty, and administration enough for their support of the program. We look forward to the GSAC Tournament, and, God willing, the NAIA National Championship."
With the conference clinched, the Eagles will look to keep the momentum rolling. They are now 11-4 and 8-1 in conference. They travel to Phoenix, AZ to play Arizona Christian at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 2. With the top seed secured for the GSAC Tournament, Concordia will await the lowest seed to advance from the quarterfinals. Concordia will host the semifinals at Eagles Field on Saturday, November 9, at 2:00 pm. With a win on Saturday the Eagles could match last season's conference mark of 9-1.