The No. 15 Concordia Eagles dominated early against The Master's College in a 4-2 GSAC Semifinal win on Saturday afternoon, November 9, as they advanced to their third-straight GSAC Championship game at Eagles Field in Irvine, CA.
Mario Soto opened the game just 1:33 in when he received a header from a The Master's defender, and launched it home in the top right shelf for his ninth of the year. Six minutes later it was Isaac Gettis to Chris Rodriguez to Asher Axe on a double cross finished in the left slot. It marked Axe's fifth of 2013. Soto scored again at 13:08 when Rayane Bouarroudj weaved between multiple defenders and left Soto with an open slot for his second of the day. Isaac Gettis scored 19 seconds into the second half when Soto set him up with a cross for his sixth of the year.
The Master's got their first goal at 68:37 when Zack Klindworth got past the keeper. Jordan Edwards scored with four minutes left to make the final 4-2.
"Goals change games and we converted the first couple chances we had," head coach Chris Gould said. "We did a nice job matching their intensity and not panicking when The Master's got back in the game."
Concordia fired 17 shots and 10 on goal, with The Master's taking 13 shots and four on frame. Jordan Brinkley and Paul Elias both played in goal for Concordia, with each making a save. Brinkley earned the win to improve to 12-4 on the season.
Concordia controlled this game from start to finish, with multiple points of aggression. There were 21 total fouls and four cards issued.
Concordia (13-4) will face No. 22 Biola in the GSAC Championship game on Saturday, November 16, in a rematch of the 2011 GSAC Championship, won by Biola 2-3 in overtime. This marks Concordia's third-straight trip to the GSAC Championship. They defeated San Diego Christian 3-0 a season ago. Follow live stats Saturday at http://www.cuieagles.com/live/soccer/xlive.htm.
Winners of the 21 conference, independent and unaffiliated group tournaments, to be played through Saturday, Nov. 16, will receive automatic bids to the NAIA National Championship tournament. The nine remaining at-large bids will be decided by the final Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) on Sunday, Nov. 17. National Championship Opening Round pairings will be announced via a live graphical show at 1 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 18.