COSTA MESA, Calif. – No. 6 Vanguard dominated play on Saturday afternoon in the NAIA Women's Soccer Game of the Week, defeating Golden State Athletic Conference rival No. 23 Biola 2-0 to improve to 12-1 (4-1 GSAC) on the season. The Eagles drop to 7-6-1 (1-4-1 GSAC) with the loss.
The Pride christened its new turf field with alacrity, scoring 14 seconds into the first half on a Jordan Davidson to Kayla Arenas connection. Junior Jennifer Martin sent the ball up the field on the kick-off, where Davidson got possession, dribbled through the Biola defense and found Arenas waiting at the top of the box. Arenas promptly blasted off a shot, which deflected off of an Eagles' defender but had enough force remaining to trickle across the plane for the goal.
Arenas boasts a team-best 13 goals in her senior campaign.
Almost 40 minutes later, freshman Megan Stoll scored her fifth goal of the season to give the Pride a 2-0 advantage. Sophomore defender Asia Kleinmeyer sent a free kick into the middle where her classmate Ashley McCutcheon headed the ball in the red-zone to draw out Biola's goalkeeper, Briana Williams. The ball found an airborne Stoll, who quickly found the back of the empty net using her own head.
All six of Vanguard's first half attempts were on goal. Biola had three on-target looks, but Vanguard goalie, Lauren Terry, denied them all to hold the Eagles scoreless.
Biola held an 8-6 edge in shots through the final 45 minutes, but Terry did not relent, notching an impressive six saves to secure the important 2-0 shut-out victory for Vanguard.