The 2015 GSAC men's soccer tournament will feature the top six teams in the conference, two of those teams rank in the top 25 in the nation. Opening round play starts on November 6 with the championship set for November 14.
This is the Eagles first championship since 2002. Biola will have home field advantage throughout the tournament as they are the host of the 2015 GSAC Soccer Tournament. Finishing just one point behind the Eagles for the top spot was the Vanguard Lions. Westmont will be the third seed as they won the heads up tiebreaker with The Master's College. Both teams finished with 19 points in conference play. San Diego Christian who dropped it's final regular season game will now have to go on the road and face The Master's College. A team the Hawks just beat two weeks ago. The final seed is the Royals from Hope International. The Royals will look to get back to their winning ways having dropped four of the last five.
Hope International will travel to Westmont in the first round. The Warriors got the better of the Royals in the regular season. HIU will hope to turn around their luck and take down the Warriors. Westmont, coming off a big win against San Diego Christian, will get the home field advantage and look to beat HIU for a third time this season.
San Diego Christian will travel to The Master's College for a second time in three weeks. The Mustangs will look to gain revenge on the Hawks having dropped a 3-0 lost to SDC on October 21. TMC comes into the tournament having won two in a row and seems to be gaining some momentum.
The Championship Schedule is listed below:
Friday, November 6 - First Round
- Game 1 - #6 Hope International 4, #3 Westmont (H) 3 (2 OT)
Thales Serra tallied a hat trick, including a game-winning header, as Hope International upset Westmont in double overtime to advance to play top-seeded Biola in the semifinals. The Royals had a 1-0 lead at halftime, but a flurry of goals in the second half by both teams, including the game-tying goal by Blake Homan for the Warriors in the 89th minute, tied it at 3 at the end of regulation to set up the dramatic finish.
- Game 2 - #4 The Master's (H) 2, #5 San Diego Christian 1
Joey Mikulas scored on a penalty kick in the 71st minute to break the tie as The Master's College defeated San Diego Christian and moves on to the semifinals. The Mustangs scored first on an unassisted goal by Benjamin Tembo and Sebastian Carrion of the Hawks responded less than 10 minutes later to tie the game. The Mustangs will face Vanguard next Thursday at Biola.
Thursday, November 12 - Semifinals hosted by Biola
Game 3 - #6 Hope International vs. #1 Biola, 5:00 pm - Live Stats/Video
Game 4 - #4 The Master's vs. #2 Vanguard, 7:30 pm - Live Stats/Video
Saturday, November 14 - Championship hosted by Biola
Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 7:00 pm - Live Stats/Video
For tournament updates please visit the 2015 Men's Soccer Tournament page.