Biola falls to the Master’s College

Women’s soccers is defeated by the Master’s College at home.



Senior Morgan Aukshunas steals the ball away from Masters on the way down the field. | Tomber Su/THE CHIMES

Laurie Bullock, Writer

Senior Morgan Aukshunas chases a ball down the sideline next to a Master's player. After five straight wins, women's soccer lost their first match at the hands of the Mustangs. The Eagles are still 6-3 overall but 0-1 in Golden State Athletic Conference play. | Tomber Su/THE CHIMES


The women’s soccer team fell 2-0 to the Master’s College in their first conference match on Tuesday. The loss puts Biola’s record at 6-3 overall and ended their six game win streak.
Right from the start, Master’s had Biola struggling to keep up. Biola struggled to get past the Mustangs’ aggressive defense.
“They are a high pressure team,” senior midfielder Morgan Aukshunas said. “The biggest thing we needed to keep in mind was keeping our possession, and that is what we struggled with tonight. We needed to play our game and possess the ball even with their high pressure attackers and defense.”
Midfielder Tara Struiksma for the Master’s took the first shot of the match nine minutes in, but sophomore goalkeeper Briana Williams was able to make the save.
Biola took a total of 11 shots in the first half of the match, while the Mustangs were only able to shoot four. Attempts made on both sides were not completed, and the first half ended with the teams tied at zero.


The Master’s came out with the same fast-paced intensity in the second half.
In the 48th minute forward Natasha Cole for the Master’s broke the tie and put the Mustangs on the board with a goal that was deflected to the right of Williams.
From that point on, the Master’s took control of the game. Biola struggled to keep true to their style of play.
   “We started playing their style of play, more direct and clearing balls and sending them long,” Aukshunas said. “We didn’t possess as well or talk to our players. That is our game, and we just weren’t doing that tonight; we were giving the ball away.”
The Master’s scored again on Biola in the 85th minute. Midfielder Jasmine Benson took advantage of the multiple people that were close to the goal and was able put the ball past Williams to put the score at 2-0.
Biola was not able to score a goal in the final 15 minutes of the match. The Mustangs ended Biola’s six-game winning streak with the score 2-0.

Biola will compete in their second Golden State Athletic Conference match against Concordia University on Oct. 5 at home. 

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