The effort was superb, but the result wasn't. Azusa Pacific battled 6-time NAIA champion Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) to a 1-1 tie for 120 minutes only to fall in penalty kicks to the top seed in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament.
Brandon Stirm and Andriy Budnyy each scored 2 goals to lift the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 4-2 win over Mobile (Ala.) for its first-ever NAIA Tournament win.
The NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific has an earned an at-large berth to the 2004 NAIA Men's Soccer Tournament and is the ninth seed and will play Mobile (Ala.) Friday morning at 11 a.m. (CST).
As if 110 minutes isn't enough, Azusa Pacific and Holy Names played to a 2-2 tie, but the Hawks stunned the No. 3-ranked Cougars, 4-3, on penalty kicks to claim the 2004 NAIA Region II Championship.
All questions about who the GSAC's best team may be were put to rest Saturday as GSAC co-champion Azusa Pacific hammered co-champ Vanguard, 5-2, in the NAIA Region II Semifinals.
Five Cougars--Andriy Budnyy, Phil Hoyt, Skelly Kellar, Ian Leibbrandt and Brandon Stirm--were named to the 2004 All-GSAC team, which was announced today.
A usually solid Azusa Pacific defense surrendered a season-high 4 goals and as a result suffered its first defeat in 18 games--a 4-3 loss to Point Loma Nazarene.
Azusa Pacific fired 27 shots, but got just one goal--Andriy Budnyy's in the 66th minute. It was all the Cougars needed in a 1-0 win over Hope International, clinching a share of the GSAC title.
Azusa Pacific hadn't beaten Westmont in a GSAC game since 2000. That all changed today as the Cougars rolled to a 4-1 win over the Warriors to move within one win of the GSAC title.
Despite playing 60 minutes a man down, No. 3 Azusa Pacific took control of the game, erased a 1-0 deficit and rallied for a 2-1 win over No. 23 Biola.
Both Azusa Pacific and Vanguard were sitting shotgun in the race for the GSAC title. The Cougars just stole the keys to the car today and moved into the driver's seat with a 3-2 win.
Andriy Budnyy converted a penalty kick with 4 minutes left in the second overtime to lift the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 2-1 win at California Baptist.
No. 3 Azusa Pacific spread the wealth as 4 different Coguars scored in the first half to lift the Cougars to their fourth straight GSAC win, a 4-0 win at Christian Heritage.
Azusa Pacific and The Master's were the top 2 defending teams in the GSAC. That was all thrown out today as Azusa Pacific outdueled the Mustangs to pick up a 5-2 win.
Azusa Pacific's Andriy Budnyy was named NAIA Player of the Week today after scoring 3 goals and assisting on 2 others in a pair of key GSAC wins last week.
When Azusa Pacific is in a lurch, it knows who to call. Brandon Stirm scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season to lift the Cougars to a 2-1 overtime win at Concordia.
What was supposed to be a "titanic" showdown between 2 of the NAIA's Top 5 teams turned into a rout as No. 5 Azusa Pacific manhandled No. 2 Fresno Pacific, 3-0.
In its final tune-up before hosting No. 2-ranked Fresno Pacific September 28, No. 7 Azusa Pacific scored 2 goals apiece in each half on its way to a 4-0 win over Pomona-Pitzer.
Azusa Pacific rebounded from yesterday's frustrating tie with a resounding bang. The No. 9-ranked Cougars dominated play and defeated Pacific Lutheran, 6-1, to close out the Cougar Classic.
Azusa Pacific and Concordia kissed the sister, and today the sister was ugly. The Cougars outshot the Cavs, 29-11, but could only muster a 2-2 tie in their home-opener.
Worst case scenario, Phil Wolf was hoping for a split in Georgia. With today's 3-1 win over Thomas (Ga.), the Cougars got much more--a sweep of 2 solid NAIA programs.
Less than 4 minutes from settling for a 1-1 tie, Brandon Stirm found the back of the net to lift Azusa Pacific to a 2-1 double-overtime upset of No. 17-ranked Berry.
Azusa Pacific, looking to erase the memories of back-to-back frustrating seasons, came out firing on all cylinders and picked up a pair of impressive wins at the Heritage Club Classic at Westmont.
Azusa Pacific's 2004 men's soccer schedule has been released. The Cougars open the season Friday, August 27 in the Heritage Club Classic at Westmont.
Azusa Pacific men's soccer coach Phil Wolf has signed on to coach the Cascade Surge of the Premiere Development League this summer.