No. 8 seed Concordia defeated the host team University of Mobile by a score of 2-1 in regulation to advance to the Final Eight.
(Bracket | Schedule) Sixteen teams remained in the 30th annual NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship in Orange Beach, Ala at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. No. 8 seed Concordia (Calif.) earned its respective program's first-ever win at the national championship to advance to the final site. Concordia (Calif.), who is led by recently named Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Chris Gould, enters the event as the NAIA's only remaining unbeaten team at 17-0-3. The Eagles are 8-0-2 against ranked teams this year, including victories against three squads that will be present in Orange Beach – Cal State San Marcos, Vanguard and Westmont (Calif.).
The Eagles played a tough first half against the Mobile Rams and battled their way to a 0-0 tie at the half. The Rams had a three-shot advantage at the half, 9-6, and put three on the goal. Jazmin Alvarez saved all three to preserve the tie.
The Rams broke the scoreless tie at the 47:30 mark as their Second Team All-SSAC selection Tyler-Rae Molloy knocked one past Jazmin Alvarez from 20 yards out. Fellow SSAC All-Freshman selection Melissa Beaulieu was there for the Mobile assist.
Concordia refused to go quietly as they stepped up the pressure on defense to give their offense more chances. All-GSAC forward Megan Daniels tied it for the Eagles at 65:19 with a long strike from the right side as she beat her defender and put it midway up the left post past the keeper. Alexis Garcia-Irons was there on the assist for the Eagles as Daniels put it in for her 12th of the season.
Garcia-Irons netted a goal of her own for the go-ahead score and the game-winner as she scored her fifth goal of the season. Miranda Canales drew the keeper's attention on the left before crossing it right for the assist to Garcia-Irons, who buried it top shelf past the keeper.
Freshman keeper Jazmin Alvarez made five saves out of six shots on goal to help get the win for the Eagles.
Head coach Chris Gould was proud of the performance his girls put together and was excited about the result, saying, "We don't have anyone on the roster that's been in this spot, no experience to draw on, and so the Mobile goal was great for us because there was nothing left for us to fear. Our girls had to go get it, and they did a great job of taking it to them and digging deep and working hard. It's good to get the first game out of the way. This was the big game to get through."
Concordia kept its unbeaten season alive and won its first-ever match at the final site, as the Eagles downed national championship host Mobile (Ala.), 2-1. The Eagles are now 18-0-3 on the season and reach the quarterfinals for the first time in program history. Concordia will face top-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in the quarterfinals on December 4 at 6:30 pm.
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