AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific made quick work of Holy Names, 4-0, at the Azusa Square, Saturday afternoon, controlling the game from the opening kickoff.
The Cougars dominated the entire 90 minutes, outshooting the Hawks 31-to-1. They kept keeper Roxanna Avila busy all afternoon taking 17 shots on goal. Azusa Pacific’s Jill Colfer recorded her third shutout of the season.
Jolie Nitta got the Cougars on the scoreboard in the 9th minute. She rifled a shot in the direction of the right side of the frame. The Holy Names (0-4) defense swarmed the ball in an attempt to block it. However, Nitta’s shot caught a piece of a Hawk defender and deflected past Avila to give Azusa Pacific a 1-0 lead.
In the 20th minute, Mandy Heins delivered a pass to Bridget Brotherton who was running up the middle of the field. Avila came out of the box to meet Brotherton who managed to get a shot off that scooted past the keeper and bounded into a wide open goal to extend the Cougars’ lead to 2-0. Avila was issued a yellow card on the play for interfering with the scoring opportunity.
“I thought that we forced a lot in the first half,” said head coach Jason Surrell. “I thought we needed to be a little more creative in the and we did a great job in the second half.”
Saxony Ifland scored her second goal of the year by way of Shannon Coe in the 59th minute. Ifland headed in a right cross to score her first collegiate goal of that variety.
Coe capped the scoring by blasting a loose ball into the upper right corner of the frame.
The Cougar defense was splendid all day. The Hawks only managed 2 corners and 1 shot during the game.
With the win, the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific improves to 5-0 for the first time since its 1998 national championship season. The Cougars will next face No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Friday, Sept. 23, in Columbia, Kentucky.