IRVINE, Calif. --- Freshman Amanda Otto picked the perfect time to score her first collegiate goal, netting the match-winner in the 83rd minute as Biola upset No. 14 Concordia 2-1 in a GSAC match on Saturday afternoon at Eagles Field in Irvine.
Biola moves to 4-4-1 with the win and evens its GSAC mark at 1-1-0. Concordia falls to 6-3-0 and to 1-1-0 in conference.
Otto broke a 1-1 tie with a great play, taking a pass up field from Cameron Smith and Michelle Clark, finishing from close range to make it a 2-1 game. Concordia was left with just a few minutes to try and tie the match, but freshman goalkeeper Marina Rodriguez made a great save on a shot by Concordia's Miranda Canales with four minutes to go.
Biola fell behind early in the match as Concordia netted a goal 33 minutes in on a header by Elizabeth Abt. Concordia maintained its lead through the half and through the first 10 minutes of the second.
However, a foul in the box gave Biola a penalty kick in the 57th minute. Senior Ashleigh Cooley stepped up to take the spot kick and slotted it into the right corner to tie the match.
Concordia held a 4-1 shot advantage after that until Biola broke through with the late goal and outshot Biola 11-7 overall in the match. Rodriguez was stellar in goal, making six saves including four in the second half to all Biola time for its comeback.
Biola returns to the pitch on Wednesday, hosting the GSAC's newest addition Arizona Christian in a conference match at 4:30 p.m on Al Barbour Field. Concordia heads up to Santa Clarita to face No. 23 The Master's College on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.