Notre Dame de Namur 0
BELMONT, Calif. – Azusa Pacific scored 3 second half goals in a span of 12 minutes to blow open a 1-goal game and cruise to a 4-0 non-conference road win over Notre Dame de Namur.
The win comes in the opener of the Cougars’ 3-game road swing through Northern California. The Cougars face NAIA-foes Concordia (Ore.) and No. 9-ranked Simon Fraser (B.C.) Friday and Saturday in Arcata, Calif., on the campus of Humboldt State.
Freshman reserve Christopher Roberts scored his first goal of the season in the 31st minute off an assist from Ian Leibbrandt to give the Cougars a slim 1-0 lead at the intermission.
The lead could have been bigger as the Cougars outshot the Argonauts, 9-3, in the first half alone.
“We can create chances,” said Azusa Pacific head coach Phil Wolf. “It’s all a matter of shutting down the opposition in the back. Today we bent but we didn’t break and it got the job done. This is a good result and a good start to the trip.”
Eighteen minutes into the second half, freshman Skelly Kellar scored his first collegiate goal on a penalty kick to make it 2-0. Minutes later, Kellar had a chance for his second goal on another PK, but he struck the ball wide of the goal.
Just 8 minutes after Kellar’s goal, Leibbrandt connected on in his third goal of the season as he broke loose from the defense, beat the keeper and walked the ball into the net.
Four minutes later, Kellar got his shot at redemption and capitalized with a 30-yard strike that snuck just inside the near post to round out the scoring.
Sophomore Julian Cottrell made 6 saves in getting his second shutout of the season. When all the dust had settled, the Cougars outshot Notre Dame de Namur, 17-11.
Azusa Pacific improves to 3-2 with its second straight win. Notre Dame de Namur drops to 2-4.