Eagles fly over Cougars

Taylor Venegas shines in a dominant win for women’s soccer over Colorado Christian.

Dale Fredriks, Writer

The Biola Eagles women’s soccer team matched up against the Colorado Christian University Cougars on Friday afternoon. Senior forward Taylor Venegas played a particularly good game, taking eight shots and scoring two goals, single-handedly matching the Cougars’ total number of shots. The Eagles went on to a 4-1 victory, keeping their winning streak alive as they move to 4-0 on the season.

Biola played more of the aggressor’s role throughout the match, as demonstrated by the shot differential at the end of the game. Colorado Christian finished with eight total shots, three of which were on goal, whereas Biola ended with 24 shots and nine shots on goal.

The first goal of the game happened in the 10th minute, when junior defender Brianna Mikalson sent a cross from the left side of the 18-yard box that found the feet of Venegas on the far post. Venegas did a great job of placing herself in the proper position, and finished the play by placing the ball just out of reach of the goalkeeper.

Goal number two also came in the first half, when Mikalson again found herself in the instigator role. She ran down the right side of the field with the ball and booted a huge cross to the opposite side of the 18-yard box, where freshman forward Sarah Jeffries headed the ball back towards the box. Junior midfielder Janae Megorden kicked the ball home with just under 13 minutes left in the first half.

After halftime, CCU seemed to control the ball a little better, but Biola’s offense still had plenty of chances. It was not until the 82nd minute that the score changed, when a cross from freshman forward Paula-Marie Labate found a wide-open sophomore defender Madyson Brown for the header.

CCU scored their only goal five minutes later when a long pass drew out freshman goalkeeper Christina Rodriguez, who tried to punch the ball out, but took an unfortunate deflection that resulted in the ball slowly dribbling into the Eagles’ net.

The 3-1 score looked like it would be the final, but as the final seconds wound down, Venegas scored her second of the game off a through ball from junior midfielder Ashley Ramirez with only four seconds left on the clock. The Cougars took the ball to half and tried one last attempt at a shot from midfield, but it sailed wide, ending the game.

Biola next plays on Sept. 13, when the University of Antelope Valley Pioneers come to Al Barbour field at 7 p.m.

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