Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - Region 2 Quarterfinal
Final: Concordia 6, Sunbirds 0
Irvine - The wheels came off the FPU men's soccer wagon and the season came to a screeching halt this afternoon in Irvine.
The host Concordia University Eagles humiliated the Sunbirds with a 6-0 romp in the first round of the NAIA Region 2 Championship playoffs.
"They are a good team and they came out fired up," said FPU head coach Jaime Ramirez. "But we made mistakes on routine plays. We became our own enemy. Our lack of senior leadership was never more evident than it was today. It is a very disappointing way to end our season."
The loss ends the Sunbirds season with a 9-6-2 record.
The Eagles, now 13-6-0, advance to the semifinals on Saturday and will host the winner of the Holy Names/Dominican quarterfinal.
Fresno Pacific: 9-6-2 (final)
Concordia: 13-6-0 (advance to semifinals)
Updated Series Record
FPU leads the series 18-3-1, but the Eagles have won the last two contests by a combined score of 8-1... all three FPU losses have come in Irvine.
NAIA Region 2 Championship Schedule
(all matches played at higher seed)
Quarterfinals - Wednesday, Nov. 2
(1) Azusa Pacific def. (8) Menlo 7-0
(7) Biola def. (2) Point Loma Nazarene 2-1
(3) Concordia def. (6) Fresno Pacific 6-0
(5) Holy Names at (4) Dominican, 1 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.
(7) Biola at (1) Azusa Pacific
(5) Holy Names or (4) Dominican at (3) Concordia
Championship - Saturday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m.
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.