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Men's Soccer - Sat, Nov. 23, 2013
Jordan Brinkley pitched a shutout Saturday with seven saves (11/23)
Jordan Brinkley pitched a shutout Saturday with seven saves (11/23)
(8) Concordia
(RV) Corban
Corban OR (16-2-2)000
Concordia (CA) (15-4)134
La Mirada, CA
Scoring Summary
124:32PADILLA, Adrian (Concordia (CA))
253:23SOTO, Mario (Concordia (CA))
264:48SOTO, Mario (Concordia (CA))
266:40RODRIGUEZ, Chris (Concordia (CA))
Corban ORIndv. LeadersConcordia (CA)
NoneGoals#23 SOTO, Mario - 2
NoneAssists #10 RODRIGUEZ, Chris - 2
#17 PRINCE, Kemar - 4Shots #23 SOTO, Mario - 5
#1 FARR, Jordan - 3Saves #1 BRINKLEY, Jordan - 7
Corban ORTeam StatisticsConcordia (CA)
12 (7)Shots (on goal) 22 (8)
4Saves 7
7Fouls 7
4Corner Kicks 3
2Offsides 6

The #8 Concordia Eagles are on to the NAIA Final Site for the second consecutive season, after a 4-0 win over (RV) Corban at Biola University on Saturday, November 23, in the NAIA Opening Round. 

Concordia, the #14 seed, scored first at 24:32 when GSAC Player of the Year Adrian Padilla was on the receiving end on a pass from Isaac Gettis to Chris Rodriguez.  Padilla put it home top shelf for his sixth of the season.  Corban started the game with a lot of energy, pin-balling the ball around.  It took time for Concordia to adjust and get comfortable.  After the Concordia goal, Corban was able to get three corner kicks and fired four shots, with two on goal.

(Bracket) (Schedule & Results) All 16 Opening Round hosts have advanced to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship final site in Montgomery, Ala., for the first time since the initiation of the format in 2008. Fifteen final-site contests will take place from Dec. 2-7 at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex.

The score remained 1-0 until the 53:23 mark, when Concordia goal leader Mario Soto was left with an open net as Ray Estrada sent him a through ball that allowed Soto to advance around the keeper for his 12th of the season.  11 minutes later Soto was at it again, when Rayane Bouarroudj fed Chris Rodriguez, who set Soto up for the one touch goal.  Rodriguez found his first goal of the year two minutes later when Alex Antonescu started the offense from the back line with a long ball, that Soto flipped backwards to set up Rodriguez, who sent it home from 30 yards out.

"It took us a little while to settle in, but once we were able to settle the ball to the ground and touch it there, we were able to take control of the game," Rodriguez said.

Jordan Brinkley was outstanding in goal for CU, making seven saves to earn his second of the season, improving to 14-4.  Jordan Farr played the majority of the game between the frame for Corban, making three saves and allowing the four goals to drop to 13-2-2. 

"As the game went on, their energy went down a bit, and the game opened up and we were able to do what we do," Concordia head coach Chris Gould said.  "I am so glad our guys are going back again, what a great testament to our program."

Thirteen host schools won their Opening Round games, with the other three advancing to the final site via penalty kicks. Of the sixteen matches that took place on Saturday, seven required an overtime period—with six of those games advancing to double overtime and three being settled by penalty kicks.

Of the 16 final-site teams, 12 competed in the National Championship last season.  After going 13-0-3 in today's contests, Opening Round hosts are 61-20-11(.723) all-time.

Concordia outshot Corban 22-12 and 8-7 in shots on goal.  Corban, the #17 seed, ended their season at 16-2-2.  Concordia will head back to the site of their quarterfinal finish a year ago, the Emory Folmar YMCA Sports Complex in Montgomery, AL to face the third seed, Oklahoma Wesleyan, on Monday, December 2nd.

NeuLion, the NAIA's official video-streaming company of select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting all 15 matches of the 2013 Men's Soccer National Championship in Montgomery, Ala. Don't miss any of the action that runs from Dec. 2 - 7. Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament pass is available for $29.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.


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