Concordia was able to defeat The Master's, 3-2, in overtime on Brooke Springer's game-winning goal on Friday afternoon, November 8, at Eagles Field in the GSAC Semifinals. With the win Concordia recorded their third win over the Mustangs this season, returning the favor from a season ago.
On Friday, Miranda Canales scored the first Eagle goal as she collected a failed clear attempt by TMC and put a 30-yarder off the crossbar and in for her third of the season. Just one minute later Springer got her first of the day, sixth of the year, when Alexis Garcia-Irons sent her a through ball that she one-touched into the right slot. The teams went to the break 2-0 Concordia.
TMC got their first goal at 64:46 when Stephanie Albright put one in the top right corner from Devon Goff. Katie Farris tied the game at 79:11 on a free kick from Tara Struiksma. Concordia keeper Jazmin Alvarez made a save at 80:42 and Lauren Nanez missed wide with two minutes left.
Early in overtime Concordia lost All-GSAC forward Carly Mottram to a season-ending leg injury, but responded at 97:25, when Megan Daniels pinned her defender, let the ball sail over her head, then beat her defender down the field. She drew the keeper, fired a shot that bounced off her hands, and Springer cleaned it up in the left slot.
"We had two chances after our goals, and The Master's used that to come back," Concordia head coach Chris Gould said. "These are things we want to go through and overcome."
All-GSAC keeper Alvarez made seven saves for Concordia and improved to 13-0-3. Ilyssa Espiritu made five saves for TMC and fell to 15-5. Concordia had eight shots on goal, while TMC took nine. Concordia controlled much of the ball in the first half, but TMC controlled the majority of the second stanza.
Concordia remains unbeaten at 15-0-3, and The Master's ends their regular season 15-5. The Eagles will play the nation's other unbeaten, No. 3 Westmont at 1 pm at Eagles Field next Friday, November 15, in the GSAC Championship. Follow live stats at Concordia Women's Soccer.
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 30th annual national championship will take place at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala., for the second-straight year. This is the fifth-consecutive season that the state of Alabama has hosted the event. The championship will play out Dec. 2 – 7. Opening Round matches, which are held at campus sites, are scheduled for Nov. 23.
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