The Concordia men's soccer team picked up their first signature win of 2013 on Saturday night, October 5, in a 2-1 win on the road at No. 8 Biola in La Mirada, CA.
Concordia handed the home Eagles their first loss in a thrilling 2-1 win. Neither team scored through the first 60 minutes until Mario Soto pounded home a rebound from Rayane Bouarroudj's shot that hit the crossbar. It was Soto's second of the year. Two minutes later Biola's Daniel Chew scored from seven yards away to tie the match. Just prior to the 80th minute it was Soto again, as he controlled a ball with his chest and scored from eight yards away.
Concordia outshot Biola 21-13 and 5-2 in shots on goal. Jordan Brinkley played in goal for Concordia, making one save, and improving to 4-3. Biola keeper JT Addington made three saves, but allowed the two goals in the loss.
Soto led the Eagles with seven shots, but Biola made a furious attempt to tie the game late. A game that was a defensive battle for much of the contest, shifted gears after Concordia's second goal. After two yellow cards were issued after the goal, Biola fired five shots in the final five minutes, but Concordia blocked three of them and two went wide.
"Our men played well today," Concordia head coach Chris Gould said. "Playing at Biola is always tough, so it was great to come out with a win. Mario Soto really stepped up today for the team and scored two big goals. But the work rate of our guys is what got the job done."
Concordia moved to 5-3 and a still-perfect 2-0 in the GSAC, while Biola took their first loss of the year, falling to 7-1-1 and 1-1 in conference.