AZUSA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific men’s soccer team saw its six-match winning streak come to an end on Monday night, falling to Hawai’i Pacific 3-0 in the Cougars’ first Pacific West Conference loss of the season. After a scoreless first half the Sea Warriors (4-2-1, 2-0) got a quick pair of unlikely scores in the second half to take command before eventually pulling away with a 3-0 victory.
Azusa Pacific outshot Hawai’i Pacific 8-4 over the final 45 minutes of play, and created multiple chances in the second frame, but couldn’t break through in its first scoreless match since Sept. 7.
“I thought we played well tonight. We’ve been growing, played well on Thursday and kept that going. I thought we played well and created a lot of chances but couldn’t find the goal. We’ll take this disappointment and turn it into determination and be ready for Thursday,” said head coach Dave Blomquist.
HPU got on the board after a tough foul was called near midfield along the left line. Erik Kemsies sent in a deep cross off the free, looking for a Sea Warrior, but the ball found nobody, hit the ground, and bounced into the back of the net to make it a 1-0 match in the 47th minute. In the 50th HPU got its second goal after Dylan Hardie Jordan’s shot from 15 out changed direction on a deflection and went into the far netting from the right side.
“It was unfortunate to concede those two goals in a short amount of time. You look back at the last number of games and we had things go our way, and tonight none of them did. It’s just the way it goes,” said Blomquist.
The Cougars rallied after the two quick scores, and kept pressure on the Sea Warriors from then on. Azusa Pacific players traded near-goals, each time just missing the mark or having their shot saved by Mael Lefebvre, who tallied eight stops on the night.
Keenan Armbrust had a second half shot sail just over the bar, Trenton Titus drilled a pair of shots into the keeper, and Oktay Bulut had his lone shot turned back. Azusa Pacific placed four shots on goal in the final 45 minutes, and had the ball on the Sea Warrior side for the majority of the half.
HPU put the finishing touches on its shutout win in the 81st minute when Felipe Silva countered, beat a Cougar defender, and dribbled past Chip Cox before placing the ball into the goal for his seventh score of the year.
The Cougars will have a chance to start a new winning streak on Thursday when they take on Hawai’i Hilo at 7:30 p.m. Azusa Pacific will then face Chaminade on Saturday, also at 7:30.