CS Bakersfield, ranked No. 18 in NCAA Division II, scored 3 first half goals and never looked back in a 4-0 nonconference win over the NAIA's No. 17-ranked Azusa Pacific Tuesday night in Bakersfield.
The win is the fourth straight shutout win for the Roadrunners, who returned to the national rankings for the first time this season earlier in the week. The Cougars, meanwhile, drop their second straight and have now seen their winless streak extend to 4 games, the longest such streak since 1999. They are 0-3-1 since Sept. 7.
CS Bakersfield scored just 6 minutes in to the contest when Kyle Lundy put home a failed clearance by the Cougar defense. Lundy then turned right around and assisted on the Roadrunners second goal just 5 minutes later. The Roadrunners added their third goal of the half in the waning seconds of the opening 45 minutes to take a 3-0 lead into the locker room. They wasted no time getting their fifth goal just 1:50 removed from the intermission.
The 4 goals allowed is the most a Cougar team has allowed since falling 5-1 to William Carey (Miss.) in the program's only NAIA Tournament appearance in 1996. It is the highest regular-season total allowed since the Cougars fell 4-0 to Mobile (Ala.) in the 1995 Cougar Classic. The Cougars were outsthot 14-7 and had very few chances until the final 10 minutes when Jordan Jones and Shane Bangle had great scoring chances thwarted by Roadrunner GK Josh Wicks.
The Cougars were without the services of leading scorer John Kightlinger, who returned home to New Jersey last week for a family emergency, and freshman forward Ian Liebbrandt, who is second on the team with 2 goals. Liebbrandt was out with a concussion. Kightlinger is expected to return for Saturday's game vs. Alliant International.
Azusa Pacific is now 2-3-2 on the season, which marks the first time since the beginning of the 1999 season that the Cougars have been sub-.500. After 5 straight games on the road, the Cougars return home Saturday night to host defending NAIA Region II champion Alliant International at 7 p.m.