Senior Skelly Kellar and junior Sven Simon were named to the 2006 NAIA All-America Men's Soccer Teams after leading Azusa Pacific to its second straight NAIA championship game appearance.
Graceland University (Iowa) edged Azusa Pacific for the NAIA Men's Soccer Championship by winning a shootout, 7-6, after the 2 teams played the national title game to a scoreless overtime draw.
Azusa Pacific has advanced to the NAIA championshp game -- both the mens' and women's soccer teams. The Cougars are attempting to become the first school ever to sweep the NAIA soccer crowns. Both teams kick off at 4 p.m. (PST), the women in Olathe, Kan., and the men in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Brandon Stirm bent a 23-yard free kick over a wall and away from a keeper for the game's only goal to lift Azusa Pacific to a 1-0 victory over William Jewell in the semifinals of the NAIA Men's Soccer Championship Tournament. The Cougars return to the title game for the second straight year.
Early in the season, Sven Simon and Steve Lenhart were hard to stop for some of the best teams in the NAIA. The pair is back at it again, leading Azusa Pacific back into the NAIA semifinals for the second straight year with a 3-1 victory over Northwood.
In the longest NAIA Tournament game ever decided in a shootout, Kolt Callaway buried the 20th penalty kick into the upper right corner to propel Azusa Pacific into the quarterfinals of the NAIA Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament after Azusa Pacific played Lee University (Tenn.) to a 1-1 draw in first-round play.
After 2-and-a-half days of tournament play, Azusa Pacific will finally take the field later today in a game vs. Lee University of Cleveland, Tenn. The squads kick off at 1:30 p.m. (PST)
For the third consecutive year, Azusa Pacific has both its men's and women's soccer teams in their respective NAIA Championship Tournaments. Follow the Cougars whether they are in Kansas or Florida during this week's NAIA championships.
Brandon Stirm's dramatic header in the 99th minute lifted the NAIA's No. 10-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 8 Vanguard in the NAIA Region II Championship game. The win propels the Cougars into next week's NAIA Championship Tournament.
Senior Dustin McBride's 61st-minute goal lifted the NAIA's No. 10-ranked Azusa Pacific into the NAIA Region II Finals with a 1-0 victory over No. 24-ranked Westmont Saturday afternoon at Azusa Square. The Cougars will face No. 8-ranked Vanguard, which advanced to the final with a penalty shootout victory over Concordia.
Junior Brandon Stirm scored twice to lead the NAIA's No. 10-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 2-0 victor over Point Loma Nazarene in the opening round of the NAIA men's soccer regional playoffs. The Cougars advance to Saturday's semifinal where they will host Westmont at 1 p.m.
A day after earning the No. 1 seed in the NAIA Region II Playoffs, the NAIA’s No. 11-ranked Azusa Pacific placed 4 players on the All-GSAC team. The honorees were forwards Sven Simon and Steven Lenhart and midfielders Skelly Kellar and Brandon Stirm, all repeat selections except first-time pick Lenhart.
Despite a third-place finish by a narrow margin in the GSAC regular season standings, the NAIA's No. 11-ranked Azusa Pacific earned the top seed for the upcoming NAIA Region II Men's Soccer Playoffs. The Cougars open the regional playoffs when they host Point Loma Nazarene in a first-round game Wed., Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.
Junior Brandon Stirm scores the first of 2 Cougar goals that helped the NAIA's No. 11-ranked Azusa Pacific wrap up the regular season with a 2-1 win over No. 22-ranked Fresno Pacific at Azusa Square that kept the Cougars' GSAC championship hopes alive.
Sophomore Chris Batdorf broke a scoreless tie with 32 seconds left in regulation, lifting the NAIA's No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 1-0 road victory over No. 6-ranked Concordia Monday afternoon in Irvine and keeping the Cougars' GSAC title hopes alive with 1 game left on the conference schedule.
Eight different Cougars scored goals in the eighth game of the GSAC schedule, as the NAIA's No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific cruised to an 8-0 road win over San Diego Christian Saturday afternoon in El Cajon.
The NAIA's No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific posted a 4-0 victory over The Master's Wednesday afternoon at Azusa Square, scoring 3 in the final 16 minutes after hitting the post 3 times early in the second half.
Junior Steven Lenhart and sophomore Chris Batdorf each scored second-half goals to answer Wheaton's pair of first-half goals, and the NAIA's No. 7-ranked Azusa Pacific walked away with a 2-2 draw Monday afternoon in Azusa, extending Wheaton head coach Joe Bean's pursuit of career coaching win No. 600 by at least another game.
Junior Steven Lenhart converted the NAIA's No. 7-ranked Azusa Pacific's first opportunity into a goal and added a second midway through the first half, and the Cougars snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Point Loma Nazarene Saturday afternoon at Azusa Square.
The NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific was held scoreless for just the second time this season, suffering a 1-0 upset to No. 11-ranked Vanguard Saturday afternoon in Azusa.
After a dramatic 3-2 overtime win over Biola and a 0-0 overtime draw at Westmont to open Golden State Athletic Conference play last week, the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific picked up a 3-1 road victory over California Baptist in the 90 minutes of regulation play to improve to 2-0-1 in GSAC play, 7-1-1 overall. Senior Donny Dequine assisted Cougar goals scored by juniors Brandon Stirm and Steven Lenhart, and senior Skelly Kellar converted a penalty kick for the Cougars.
Azusa Pacific and Westmont, both ranked in the NAIA Top 25, played to a scoreless tie before 600 people at Carr Field. The Cougars controlled play but were unable to cross the goal line in 110 minutes of play.
After nearly 80 minutes without a goal, the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific scored 3 goals over the final 15 minutes of play to overcome a 2-0 deficit and pull out a 3-2 victory for the ages over upset-minded Biola at Azusa Square. The Cougars forced an overtime period when junior Sven Simon headed in the equalizer with just 13 seconds to play in regulation.
Freshman Eric Winblad scored 51 seconds into the game, and junior Sven Simon scored goals 2 and 3 for the NAIA's No. 4-ranked Cougars in a 4-0 rout of visiting Westminster (Utah).
Despite a strong performance from a stifling defense, the NAIA's No. 1-ranked Azusa Pacific gave up a pair of goals on the counterattack, and unranked Graceland (Iowa) avenged last year's overtime defeat to the Cougars in the first round of the NAIA Tournament with a 2-1 upset.
Sven Simon and Steven Lenhart each scored a pair of goals, the second multiple-goal game for each this season, to lead the NAIA's top-ranked Azusa Pacific past No. 8-ranked Auburn Montgomery Friday evening, 4-2.
For the first time ever, the Azusa Pacific men's soccer program is regarded the best of the NAIA according to the NAIA Coaches Poll released this afternoon.
Senior midfielder Skelly Kellar assisted a pair of goals, as the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific used another second-half scoring outburst to defeat another top-ranked team, this time a 4-2 win over No. 7-ranked Oklahoma Baptist.
Junior Sven Simon snapped a scoreless tie with 2 early second-half goals to lead the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a convincing 4-0 victory over No. 6-ranked Hastings (Neb.) Friday afternoon in Santa Barbara.
Ranked No. 2 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches Poll, Azusa Pacific must survive a brutal non-conference schedule before resuming its pursuit of its 4th GSAC crown in the past 7 years. The Cougars kick off the season Sept. 1-2 at the Westmont Heritage Club Classic, where they will square off with 2005 NAIA Tournament participants Hastings (Neb.) and Oklahoma Baptist.
Head coach Phil Wolf announced 5 signings for the upcoming season this past week along with the return of a familiar face. Azusa Pacific is coming off the most successful season in program history.
Phil Wolf often exhorts his players with the phrase, "Off you go . .". His peers returned the favor by ushering him to the podium after electing him the 2005 NSCAA Coach of the Year.