Coaches will never admit they mark games on the schedule, every game is equally important, and there is no doubt a lot of truth to that. Biola ended Concordia's season last year on Eagles Field in a 2-3 double-overtime thriller that sent Biola to the NAIA Tournament. This year's No. 6-ranked Concordia Eagles were off to a great start, and welcomed an opportunity for a little revenge when No. 17 Biola came calling on Saturday, September 29 at that familiar Eagles Field in Irvine. Concordia got what they wanted on this day, winning a 2-1 physical and testy battle.
At 19:43 William Prado opened the scoring for CU with a header goal from William Velasquez's free kick. Prado headed the ball backwards from 12 yards just allowing the ball to skim the top of his head for his ninth of the year. The game had 26 total fouls and six cautions between the squads. The half ended at 1-0 and the second half proved to be even more intense.
A yellow card just 59 seconds in given to Biola set the tone for the second half. The teams went back and forth competing, until CU's Omar De La Piedra stole a pass near midfield and found himself open in the middle of the field. He let one fly from 50 yards out straight on and pierced the upper right corner to give CU the cushion it needed and scored his first as an Eagle. It was no doubt the shot of the year for CU up to this point. Biola made it interesting at 84:03 when Carlos Ballesteros scored his sixth of the year. He headed home a free kick from Tony Montalvo to creep ever so closer.
"We knew they were going to come strong and we knew what happened last year too," Piedra said. "We took this seriously from the beginning and we kept them under control, and played well as a team. I saw that big opening in the middle of the field, and my shot was just a natural reaction to go for it."
Biola's goal kicked the game pace up again, but Concordia was able to stave off any late Biola winners in 2012. Concordia outshot Biola 11-6, but only 4-3 in shots on goal. Julio Trejo had two saves for CU and improved to a still perfect 8-0-1. BU goalkeeper Joshua Crichton also had two saves and went to 4-3-1.
Concordia was six minutes away from their fourth consecutive shutout, but BU ended that threat. Concordia improved to 8-1-1 and 2-0 in the GSAC. Biola fell to 5-3-1 and 1-1 in conference. Concordia plays at The Master's at 3 pm on October 2. Biola faces Arizona Christian at 7 pm on October 4.