SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- An overtime game for the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Azusa Pacific seems to be the norm lately. For the fourth time in 7 conference games the Cougars had to go to extra time to decide the outcome of the match.
For the first time this season senior Megan Cardin made sure that the Cougars came out with a victory. Her goal in the 107th minute gave Azusa Pacific a 1-0 win. The previous 3 overtime games had ended in ties.
The Cougars dominated throughout the game and had several 1-on-1 opportunities but were turned away by Mustang goalkeeper Leticia Pena who made a couple of brilliant saves.
“We created a lot of chances today more so than against Point Loma,” said head coach Jason Surrell. “They really sat in and didn’t put numbers forward but the girls didn’t panic. It was nice to win one in overtime.”
The Cougars outshot the Mustangs 13-3, including 5 on goal. Even though the The Master’s focused on its defense on slowing the Azusa Pacific attack it still managed to apply pressure.
“Their keeper played great,” said Surrell. “She was outstretched on 1 shot toward the lower corner and was able to push it wide.”
It was the Cougars defense that stepped up and only allowed 2 shots on goal both of which were saved by goalkeeper Jill Colfer. Cardin, a key element to the Cougars back 4, then stepped up and gave the attack the boost it needed in the second overtime.
With the win the Cougars improve to 11-0-3 overall and 4-0-3 in GSAC play.
Azusa Pacific will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts San Diego Christian at 3:30 p.m. at the Azusa Square.