Eagles’ impressive season comes to an end

The Eagles fell victim to a two-goal deficit to end the season in the NAIA National Tournament.


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Keaton Moore, Writer

The Northwest University Eagles knocked Biola out of the running for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship in the opening round on Nov. 19 and ended their season in one fatal blow. Allowing one goal in each period, the Biola Eagles suffered their largest loss of the season as they lost to Northwest 2-0.

Despite the Eagles’ heavy offensive in the first half, Northwest took the lead under two minutes into the game with a goal at 1:47. The Eagles followed up their 18 shots in the first half with 20 more in the second, but none reached the net as their opponent scored their second goal at 64:13. In her final game as an Eagle, senior forward Taylor Venegas made 13 of Biola’s total 38 shots, including three on goal.

Despite the loss and allowing a pair of goals, the Eagles’ offense maintained their defensive prowess to the end of the season. Although freshman goalkeeper Christina Rodriguez gave up more goals in a game than she had all year, the Eagles’ defense held Northwest to only 15 shots through regulation. Consequently, Rodriguez only needed to make two saves in the game apart from the two shots she let past.

The Eagles’ loss to Northwest signified only the second loss tacked onto Biola’s overall record. As they clinched an 8-0-2 conference record during the regular season, the Eagles finished the season 15-2-2.

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