SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- Still in search for their first road and Pacific West Conference wins of the season, the Cougars’ men’s soccer team used a late barrage to defeat Dominican 5-0 on Saturday afternoon, ending a rough two-game stretch that saw opponents outscore Azusa Pacific 8-2.
The Cougars, who recorded their second five-goal game of the season, put four into the back of the net over the final 11 minutes, quickly turning a tight 1-0 contest into a blowout during a four minute, three-goal flurry. Oktay Bulut led the way with two goals, one of which came in the final minute, and one assist, while the Cougars (3-2-1) split their three other goals evenly.
Carlos Garcia Partida, Keenan Armbrust, and Luke Ackermann each finished with one goal on the day, while senior keeper Joe Geletko notched four saves to post his first shutout of the season. Azusa Pacific outshot the Penguins (3-1) 26-10 in the contest, handing them their first loss of the year. Dominican’s Erik Anderson recorded 11 assists, facing a frustrated Cougar squad that had struggled to score in its previous two road matches.
Bulut opened the scoring in the 36th minute when he blasted a shot past Anderson from the left side of the box. In the first half the Cougars registered 10 shots to take a one-score lead at the break.
In the second half the Cougars were nursing a one-goal advantage before exploding for four late scores. Armbrust extended the advantage to two with his second goal in as many matches in the 79th minute before Ackermann took a through ball from Bulut and placed it into the right corner at the 80 minute mark for his first collegiate goal. 43 seconds later Garcia Partida added to the lead when he beat Erickson from 20 yards out. Bulut put the finishing touches on the match just before the final whistle, scoring his second goal of the day to finalize the 5-0 win.
Lost in the offensive show was an impressive defensive performance from Azusa Pacific’s backline, which was led by senior Hirsohi Metzker. The defense allowed just four shots on goal on 10 attempts, and helped the Cougars dominate possession throughout the contest.
The victory marked the team’s first win away from the Cougar Soccer Complex, while also giving the them their first PacWest win. The Cougars return home next week with a match against California Baptist on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.