Women’s soccer ties a rainy contest in Hawaii

Eagles battle hard in a tough 1-1 draw in double overtime.

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Women’s soccer ties a rainy contest in Hawaii

Junior forward Annmarie Alvarez, seen here in a file photo, scored the lone Eagles against Hawaii Pacific University on Oct. 11, 2018.

Junior forward Annmarie Alvarez, seen here in a file photo, scored the lone Eagles against Hawaii Pacific University on Oct. 11, 2018.

Courtesy of George Rodriguez/Biola Athletics

Junior forward Annmarie Alvarez, seen here in a file photo, scored the lone Eagles against Hawaii Pacific University on Oct. 11, 2018.

Courtesy of George Rodriguez/Biola Athletics

Courtesy of George Rodriguez/Biola Athletics

Junior forward Annmarie Alvarez, seen here in a file photo, scored the lone Eagles against Hawaii Pacific University on Oct. 11, 2018.

Tori Apodaca, Freelance Writer

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Biola women’s soccer kicked off their first game in Hawaii in the pouring rain against PacWest opponent Hawaii Pacific University on Thursday evening. The Eagles looked to keep their winning streak alive on the road, but the game ended in double overtime in a thrilling 1-1 tie.

The Sharks used their home field advantage to take an early lead, from 25 yards out in the first 20 minutes of play. The shot was blasted by sophomore forward Nina Gonzales of HPU.

The Eagles answered back with a great passing combination from Colie Martin and Madi DeMetropolis to set up junior forward Annmarie Alvarez to strike a goal to tie the game with 21 minutes left in the first half. Biola pushed through the first half leaving it a tie game at halftime as the rain finally began to let up.

The Sharks came out strong in the second half, threatening to take back the lead early on. Freshman goalkeeper Viviana Poli made an impressive save on a corner kick after a one vs. one chance, keeping the Eagles in an even match. Poli recorded a total of six saves on the night in this high-pressure contest.

Biola also worked extremely hard in the second half, putting continual pressure on the Sharks. Nine shots were taken by the Eagles, and they held HPU to only four shots. However, neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second half and they finished regulation still tied, moving into overtime play.

The pressure and energy was high, but neither team scored in the double overtime period, despite their efforts. Both teams displayed excellent defense throughout the game, especially given the tough weather conditions. That defense was not enough to lift either team to victory.

With the tie, the Eagles now sit at 3-0-1 in the PacWest conference, and 5-3-3 overall. They will be back out on the pitch to compete against Chaminade University on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. looking for their first win in Hawaii.