SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Skelly Kellar scored his first goal of the season in the 81st minute to give the NAIA’s No. 4-ranked Azusa Pacific a lead it did not relinquish as the Cougars defeated No. 13-ranked Oklahoma Baptist 4-2, Saturday afternoon, in Shawnee, Okla.
The Cougars (6-1), who were coming off a tough 2-1 loss to Southern Nazarene (Okla.) the day before, changed their starting line-up in hopes of finding fresh legs. Despite taking 6 shots to the Oklahoma Baptist’s 4, in addition to 3 more corner kicks, the Cougars trailed at halftime 1-0.
However, Azusa Pacific exploded in the second half. Andriy Budnyy came off the bench to score a pair of goals, including a tally in the 54th minute from Sven Simon that tied the game at 1-1.
The Bison (6-2-1) promptly answered back as Pablo Campos scored just 20 seconds later to reclaim the lead. It was the second goal in the game for Campos.
Budnyy knocked home his second goal in the 69th minute to knot the game at 2 and set up Kellar’s heroics.
Budnyy, who was a blur in his time on the field, gave Kellar a pass that then found the back of the net to make it 3-2 Cougars.
Steven Lenhart scored his sixth goal of the year in the 83rd minute on an assist from Dustin McBride for the final margin of victory. For the game, Azusa Pacific outshot Oklahoma Baptist 13-6.
After splitting their pair of challenging road games, the Cougars now must prepare for conference play which opens up on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Biola at 7 p.m.