BELMONT, Calif.-- For the first time this season the Azusa Pacific men’s soccer team was held scoreless, falling to Notre Dame de Namur for the team’s second consecutive Pacific West Conference loss. The Cougars’ high powered offense, which came into the match averaging over 16 shots and 2.7 goals per game, recorded only seven shots in 90 minutes of play, while the Argonauts (11-3-1; 8-2-1) tallied 15.
Through the first 70 minutes the two teams were knotted at 0-0 as Chip Cox was making his second start of the season in goal. But Notre Dame de Namur ended the scoreless drought in the 71st when the Cougars failed to clear a ball played deep into Azusa Pacific. NDNU’s Jonathan Gonzales gathered the misplayed ball and looped it over Cox for the day’s only goal.
Cox recorded four saves in the match and ran his season shutout streak to 160 minutes prior to the goal. Azusa Pacific put only one its seven shots on frame, while the Argos placed five shots on goal to hold onto second place in the PacWest standings.
In the first half the Cougars and NDNU combined for nine shots, with the home team tallying five of them. In the final 45 minutes, however, the Argonauts took control of the match, posting the first eight shots of the frame concluding with the game-winning goal.
The Cougars tried to rally over the last 20 minutes, registering all three of their second half shot attempts, including the team’s only shot on goal when Leonardo Grigg sent a shot towards the back of the net in the 76th minute before Jay Tsuruoka notched his lone save of the afternoon.
The loss knocks Azusa Pacific out of a tie with Fresno Pacific in fourth place in the PacWest standings. The Cougars return home on Tuesday when they welcome Point Loma to the Cougar Soccer Complex for a 5 p.m. tilt.