The No. 8 Concordia Eagles claimed their first GSAC Championship in program history on Saturday afternoon, November 2, with a win over Arizona Christian in Phoenix, AZ. The Eagles are still unbeaten on the year at 9-0-1 in conference, edging Westmont who had two ties.
On Saturday Brooke Springer opened the floodgates at 32:16, and Arianna Vaughn put home a rebound five minutes later for her first goal of the year. Lauren Nanez made it 3-0 two minutes into the second half going one on one. It was Carly Mottram at 51:02 on a free kick. Springer got her second goal five minutes later on an assist from Vaughn. Two minutes later Springer completed the hat trick unassisted. Nanez scored her second of the game for good measure with 44 seconds left on the clock.
Springer was effective, with all three of her shots on goal finding the net. NAIA Player of the Week Megan Daniels led the team with four shots on frame. As a team, Concordia fired 30 shots with 18 on goal, and Arizona Christian got four shots off, with one on goal. Concordia keepers Jazmin Alvarez and Megan Ferry split time in goal, with Alvarez picking up the win to go to 12-0-3. With the team shutout, Concordia picked up their seventh no-no of the year.
Concordia finishes the regular season at 14-0-3 and 9-0-1 in conference. In addition to winning their first Regular-Season GSAC Championship, the team has already tied the school record for wins, and set new records in unbeaten streak, home unbeaten streak, and road unbeaten streak at 17.
"I am so proud of this group," Concordia head coach Chris Gould said. "They are enjoying a really special season and are being rewarded for their hard work. It is humbling to be the first team in Concordia history to win the conference in women's soccer, but the season is far from over for this group."
The Eagles will earn a first round bye in the upcoming GSAC Playoffs and host the semifinals at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 8. Watch live stats at http://www.cuieagles.com/live/soccer/xlive.htm.