Within the newest NAIA poll released Tuesday, No. 18 Concordia (Calif.) made the largest improvement, vaulting up seven places, while former No. 15 Cal State San Marcos fell six spots to No. 21. Twelve conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five programs from the GSAC – Vanguard, Westmont, No. 13 The Master's (Calif.), Concordia (Calif.) and Biola (Calif.). The Sun Conference is second with four schools. For the third-straight week, the Golden State Athletic Conference boasts the most ranked programs with four.
The No. 18 Eagles and No. 21 San Marcos Cougars faced off in San Marcos on Tuesday afternoon, September 24, and the Eagles came through late with a 1-0 victory in the 106th minute of double-overtime. Dalyn Petroff found a rebound on the left side and pounded it home from 15 yards away for the win.
The Eagles outshot the Cougars 11-3 and 5-1 in shots on target. Petroff and Lauren Nanez each had two shots on goal for Concordia. Jazmin Alvarez pitched her second-straight shutout in goal with one save, playing the full match. San Marcos keeper Amanda Sears had four saves, but gave up the goal for the loss. Alvarez improved to 5-0-2.
The Cougars bounced one off the crossbar 14 minutes in, and Concordia's Carly Mottram missed high twice in the first 45 minutes. Concordia rattled off four early shots to start the second stanza, but both teams were silent from there. Neither team took a shot in overtime number one and Nanez missed wide to start the final OT. Six minutes later Petroff finished off the game for Concordia.
"We had a long weekend of tough physical games and these girls really pulled together," Concordia head coach Chris Gould said. "We didn't play the best game, but during every season teams get a gut check, and we definitely had one today. We spoke before the start of overtime that we needed 11 players that wanted to end this game. During the last sequence you saw four or five girls who really put in the extra work to get the job done. It was a great result for our women."
Concordia improved to 5-0-2 on the year, while San Marcos dropped to 4-3-1. The Eagles host Arizona Christian at 3 pm on Wednesday, October 2, as they open GSAC play. Follow live stats at http://www.cuieagles.com/live/soccer/xlive.htm.