AZUSA, Calif. -- Such is soccer - when one team dominates the run of play as Azusa Pacific did tonight, and it does not get the result it desires. The NAIA's No. 10-ranked Cougars controlled the flow throughout the entire 90 minutes, peppering the Chapman net with 20 shots, but to no avail as the Cougars and Panthers settled for a 0-0 draw in the final game of the 16th Annual Cougar Classic.
After last night's 6-0 season opening win over Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), the Cougars had hoped to jump out early against Chapman, who settled for a 0-0 tie with The Master's last night as well. However, that was not to be the case as a pesky Chapman squad was up to the task. Each time the Cougars made a run into the box, Chapman's defense stood tall thwarting the onslaughts.
Azusa Pacific was also without All-GSAC forward and offensive sparkplug senior Jordan Jones, who injured his ankle midway through last night's contest. He is expected to miss no further action after tonight. However, that, according second year head coach Phil Wolf, was not the problem tonight.
"I just thought our overall quality was poor tonight," said second-year head coach Phil Wolf. "The quality of our passing, and the quality of our decision making was overall just poor, and when you are passing poorly, it's a hard thing to recover from. It's just a matter of getting back to work on Monday and correcting the issues. I think we just lost grasp of who we are and what we do well. I also didn't think losing Jordan would be that big of a deal, but obviously it was."
The Cougars had a would-be goal taken away in the 22nd minute when Kightlinger's indirect free kick went directly into the net without touching another player on the field, according to the official. That would have given the Cougars a 1-0 lead and would have been the game-winner.
In the first game tonight, The Master's College defeated Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), 6-1.