COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Randie Massro knows that she can use her height to her advantage but she also showed tonight that her on ball skills are equally as lethal.
Massro assisted on a goal by Brooke Williams to begin the scoring and then capped it off by heading in her second goal of the season as the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Azusa Pacific defeated No. 23 Vanguard, 2-0, Saturday night, in Costa Mesa, Calif.
The Cougars (9-0-2, 2-0-2) won their second straight game after opening up GSAC play with 2 consecutive ties to take over sole possession of second place.
The teams played a scoreless first half that had Azusa Pacific feeling confident at halftime because of its defense. “We didn’t give up any quality chances and were feeling good about things at halftime,” said head coach Jason Surrell. The Cougars made sure it didn't stay scoreless for long.
Azusa Pacific broke open a scoreless game in the 58th minute as Massro played a ball that came to her feet. She stepped over it and heeled it back to Williams who then blasted it past Lion keeper Kelsey Bowman from 12 yards out to give the Cougars a 1-0 advantage.
In the 81st minute, Shannon Coe delivered a cross that Massro scored on as she headed the ball around Bowman for a 2-0 lead.
“I was at the top of the 6 (yard box) and Shannon gave me a nice curved ball and I was able to get it around the keeper,” Massro, whose stands 5’9”, said. “When I step on the field I’m usually one of the tallest players and it gives me confidence when the ball is in the air.”
The Cougars outshot the Lions, 14-7, but only mustered 4 shots on goal. Fortunately, they were able to convert on 2 while Vanguard was unable to get anything by Jill Colfer, who had 2 saves in the blanking.
Colfer now has 6 shutouts this season and has not allowed a goal in 3 consecutive games.
“This is probably the best we’ve played since getting back from Kentucky,” assessed Surrell. “Randie and Jo (Nitta) were dominant in the middle tonight in helping us get back on track.”
Azusa Pacific, which has run its unbeaten streak to 11 games, will next take on Hope International on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Azusa Square at 4 p.m.