Azusa Pacific 0
Azusa, Calif. – NCAA Division II UC San Diego scored late in the first half, then added 2 more goals less than one minute apart late in the second half to cruise to a 3-0 non-conference win over Azusa Pacific.
The loss is the Cougars’ second in row, and it is the second game in a row they have been shutout after posting a 4-0 win over Warner Pacific (Ore.) in the season-opener last Friday.
Tonight’s game was UC San Diego’s season-opener and first win in the series with Azusa Pacific since 1993, snapping a 5-game losing skid to the Cougars and taking a 13-12-1 lead in the all-time series. This was the first meeting since 1998.
The Tritons controlled the majority of play throughout the night, limiting the Cougars to just 8 shots and only one shot on net.
The Cougars had 2 solid chances to score, but couldn’t find the net. Early in the contest, Ian Leibbrandt was tackled from behind on a breakaway, which by rule is an automatic red card. However, the ref kept the card in his pocket and opted to call a foul just outside the box. The ensuing free kick was sent over the cross bar.
Minutes later, Leibbrandt again had a breakaway when his creative play beat 2 defender and Triton keeper Jeremy Cookson. However, Leibbrandt’s shot hit the side netting.
UC San Diego took advantage of the missed Cougar opportunities by tucking away the game’s first goal with 7 minutes left in the opening half. Brett Maurer received a through pass on the right side of the 18-yard box, then slid it against the grain and to the far post to give the Tritons a 1-0 lead.
Then in the final 18 minutes of play, UCSD was awarded a penalty kick. Cougar keeper Julian Cottrell stopped the penalty kick, but Sean Summers stuffed home the rebound to give the Tritons a 2-goal advantage.
Less the one minute later, Garrett King sent a long ball over the Cougar defense and to Jon Krupansky, who blasted a one-timer just under the crossbar to put the nail in the Cougars’ coffin.
With the loss, Azusa Pacific drops to 1-2 for the first time since 1999. UC San Diego is 1-0.