Men’s soccer loses tough battle

Eagles keep it tight throughout, but fall 2-1 to Notre Dame De Namur.

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Men’s soccer loses tough battle

Photo Illustration by Kyle Kohner

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Photo Illustration by Kyle Kohner

Joel Ashor, Sports Editor

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Men’s soccer kicked off their second PacWest matchup Saturday at Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont, Calif. The Eagles fought until the end, but ended up coming out on the wrong side of a 2-1 defeat.

Junior Luis Rodriguez started in goal for Biola, and he was tested early in the first half by the Argos. Their first attempt came off of a corner on a header that Rodriguez blocked, but it was deflected back into play and NDDNU finished the opportunity with a ball to the upper right hand corner to take a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.

The defense settled in from there and the offense began pushing more on the goal with multiple shots just barely missing. With the offensive attack struggling to connect, junior forward Leo Thompson gained a penalty kick and converted it to knot the score at one in the 44th minute just before half.

Much like the beginning of the first half, the Argos came out strong to begin the second, and they shocked the Eagles with a long ball that got over the defense and into the goal in the 48th minute to regain the lead 2-1. A shot from Thompson in the 55th minute was saved, but the offense continued to get looks at the goal. However, the Argos’ defense held strong and several shots missed wide late in the game to give NDDNU the 2-1 victory.

Biola (3-5-1, 1-1 PacWest) return home for a PacWest contest against Concordia University Irvine next Saturday at 4 p.m.