Men’s Soccer blown out again, goes 0-2 in PacWest preseason

The Eagles have been outscored 8-1 against conference opponents so far.

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Biola Men’s Soccer huddles up during their game against Point Loma on Sept. 19. Courtesy of Adam Washington/Biola Athletics

Austin Green, Managing Editor

Biola men’s soccer headed down to Irvine, Calif. Saturday looking for some major improvement after a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Point Loma Nazarene University Wednesday. They instead found very little, and became the victims of an Eagle-on-Eagle drubbing as Concordia University Irvine blew out Biola 4-1.

Junior forward Hunter Finnegan had the only goal for Biola, rebounding the ball after a save from Concordia’s goalkeeper for his first score ever as an Eagle. By the time Finnegan scored in the 85th minute, however, it was far too late for Todd Elkins’ squad, already down 3-0.

Concordia drew first blood in the 25th minute with its first shot on goal against redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alex Muir, playing his first game since getting injured in the season opener. CUI’s Connor Gordon converted a cross from six yards out to give his team the lead.

Biola hung with Concordia for the rest of the first half, surviving five corner kicks thanks in part to some costly CUI penalties. After halftime, however, Concordia blew the game open with two quick goals in the 52nd and 57th minutes, including another from Gordon.

With three goals allowed compared to only one save, Muir was replaced by junior Luis Rodriguez in the 65th minute. Rodriguez recorded two saves while finishing out the game but allowed a garbage time goal in the 89th minute to give CUI four on the day.

The (Biola) Eagles finish non-conference play with a 2-4-1 record. They will hit the road for their first official PacWest game, a 10:30 a.m. matinee at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif.

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