Soccer competes against CUI

Eagles face off with Concordia University Irvine.


Courtesy of Biola Athletics

Redshirt junior goalie JD Gunn’s 13 saves broke Biola’s single-save record.

Caleb Crawley, Sports Editor

Biola’s men’s and women’s soccer team competed in non-conference matches against Concordia University Irvine on Saturday. The men’s team tied 2-2 with the Golden Eagles while the women’s team suffered a 5-0 loss. 


Redshirt junior goalie JD Gunn recorded a total of 13 saves in Saturday’s match against CUI. Gunn’s remarkable 13 saves exceeds his personal single-match career-high record and Biola’s single-save record. 

The Eagles found themselves in an early deficit to begin the match but responded in the second half. CUI chipped in the first goal in the first frame and maintained their lead to halftime. Junior forward Kristian Colaci quickly erased the deficit in the 51st minute when he found the net for his seventh time this season. Colaci’s goal on Saturday tied him for the seventh-most goals scored in Division II men’s soccer.  Minutes after, CUI answered Colaci’s counter with another goal to regain a 2-1 lead over Biola. Freshman midfielder Ethan Hardin’s first collegiate goal tied the contest once again in the 69th minute. Thereafter, neither offense could break the tie as both goalies recorded crucial saves to hold the match to a stalemate. 


The women’s soccer team struggled in their first matchup against CUI this season. The Golden Eagles’ offense chipped in three first half goals while successfully defending against Biola’s two shot attempts. The second half also belonged to CUI as they found the net twice and deflected six more shot attempts from Biola’s offense. The Eagles outshot CUI 12-11 despite struggling to record a goal in Saturday’s match. Freshman Savanna Tavares recorded four saves against CUI in 90 minutes at goalkeeper. 

Both teams begin conference play at home against Fresno Pacific on Thursday, Sept. 29. 

The women’s team kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and the men’s team kicks off at 7:30 p.m. 

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