EL CAJON, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific posted an 8-0 victory over San Diego Christian Saturday afternoon, 4 of which came in a 10-minute, 25-second span early in the second half.
Each Azusa Pacific goal had a different scorer, and senior Rhoman Goyenechea was the only Cougar to have a part in multiple goals, sparking the 4-goal burst by assisting senior Damon Brooks’ 59th-minute goal that pushed the margin to 4-0 and wrapping up the run with his first career goal to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead in the 69th minute.
The Cougars held San Diego Christian without a shot for the full 90 minutes, finishing with a 34-0 tally in shots. Goalkeepers James Crawford, Tyler Stromberg and Zach Baker all spent time in goal for the Cougars, who posted their sixth shutout of the season and its first back-to-back cleansheets since blanking The Master’s and San Diego Christian last year.
In the 27th minute, junior Sven Simon opened the scoring when he headed in a cross from senior Dustin McBride. Less than 3 minutes later, freshman Eric Winblad scored on a clean header off junior Brandon Stirm’s corner kick to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. In the 34th minute, sophomore Matt Kristoff rounded out the first-half scoring when he came up with a loose ball in the box and finished it for a 3-0 lead.
Brooks scored when Goyenechea’s corner kick to the far post was headed across to Brooks by senior Donny Dequine. Brooks headed it into goal for a 4-0 lead, and in the 62nd minute, sophomore Ryan Cheek finished a through ball from sophomore Chris Batdorf for Azusa Pacific’s fifth goal. In the 69th minute, junior Danny Sundberg volleyed a loose ball from outside the box to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead, and just 26 seconds later, Goyenechea took a pass from sophomore Josh Risch that put Azusa Pacific a 7-0 lead.
Senior Michael Micek tallied his first career goal to round out the scoring in the 88th minute, heading in a loose ball to provide the final margin. All of the Cougars’ final 4 goals were the first of each player’s collegiate career.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 5-2-1 in GSAC play, 10-3-2 overall, while San Diego Christian drops to 0-8 in GSAC, 1-14 overall. The Cougars slide past No. 25-ranked Fresno Pacific into third place in the GSAC after the Sunbirds’ 2-1 loss at Westmont to set up a wild final week to wrap up conference play. Azusa Pacific takes on first-place Concordia in Irvine Oct. 23, then hosts Fresno Pacific Oct. 26 to wrap up conference play.