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RIVERSIDE, Calif.-- A slow start put the Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team in an early 5-0 hole that it couldn’t dig itself out of, falling to red hot California Baptist 13-4 in Friday night’s Golden Coast Conference match. The Cougars were held without a goal through the first nine minutes of play as the Lancers built up a 5-0 lead that turned into a 9-1 advantage midway through the third quarter as CBU posted its eighth consecutive win.
The Cougars converted just one 6-on-5 opportunity in the loss, and finished the match with a 5-meter goal in a game where Azusa Pacific never found its offensive rhythm. Allison Gonzales, Lora Donaldson, Taylor Whitney, and Alyssa Hess each scored against the Lancers, while the Cougar keepers combined for three saves.
California Baptist (18-9, 2-2) took an early lead with a penalty score after a minute of play before four straight goals over the next eight minutes put the Lancers ahead 5-0. Hess’ goal with 6:23 to play in the second quarter ended the Cougars’ scoring drought, but CBU countered with another score to take a 6-1 lead into the break.
The Lancers opened the third frame with three unanswered goals, but Gonzales snapped the spree with a 6-on-5 score with four minutes on the clock. CBU, however, pushed its lead to nine with a trio of goals sandwiching Whitney’s third quarter score. In the final frame the Lancers and Cougars each found the back of the net once.
Azusa Pacific (14-17, 1-3), which has dropped three straight GCC contests after opening conference play with a win over Fresno Pacific, will return to action next Saturday when it hosts Loyola Marymount and Chapman at the Citrus Aquatic Center.