William Prado sets the Concordia all-time mark with his 27th career assist.
The No. 6-ranked Concordia Eagles stayed atop the GSAC standings on Saturday, October 6, in San Diego, as they defeated San Diego Christian 4-3 at Hawks Field.
Concordia played a man down for the final 55 minutes, but held off some late SDCC goals to earn the win.
Neil Anaya found a loose ball near the net at 13:09 for his first goal of the year to give CU the 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later Edgar Orozco scored his fifth of the year when he bent in a corner kick. At 24:14 Christian Ramirez scored his team-leading 13th goal of the year on a ball William Prado slipped through two defenders up field. With the assist Prado tied the school's career all-time mark of 26 assists.
At 57:42 the Hawks' Justin Picou put home a deflection for their first of the game. Orozco answered at 82:13 with his second of the game and sixth of the year when Prado found him on a breakaway. It was Prado's ninth assist of the year, 27th all-time, as he broke the all-time mark in only his second year after transferring prior to his junior season last year.
One minute later San Diego Christian's Brent Oglesby punched home a rebound to make it 4-2 CU. At 87:06 the Hawks crept even closer when Frankie Zimmerman headed home an Andrew Robles assist. Concordia held on and took the win back to Irvine.
"The men played down for nearly two-thirds of the game, and they really fought for each other and pulled together to come away with this win," head coach Chris Gould said. "The coaching staff could not be more proud of this group."
The shots were very even in this one, with San Diego Christian leading 18-17 and 11-9 in shots on goal. Julio Trejo improved to a still perfect 10-0-1 and had eight saves in this one. Cameron Riley had five saves for the Hawks in the loss. Orozco led the Eagles with seven shots and four on goal.
The No. 6 Eagles improved to 10-1-1 and 4-0 in the GSAC. Concordia still has not lost to an NAIA school this season, with their lone loss coming on August 23 against NCAA Div. II Grand Canyon (AZ). San Diego Christian dropped to 6-3-1 and 2-1-1 in conference and is in third place.