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Published
August 28, 2007
By
Joe Reinsch
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Sophomore Theresa Broad’s second-half header answered an early Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Azusa Pacific survived the Toros’ 26-shot onslaught for a 1-1 road draw Tuesday evening in Carson.

Just over 7 and a half minutes into the game, Toros forward Corrie Hirokawa lofted her team’s first shot of the game into the goal from 15 yards out, giving Cal State Dominguez Hills an early 1-0 lead. For the next 111 minutes, Cougar goalkeeper Jillian Colfer-Martinson faced an additional 25 shots without allowing another score, setting up Broad’s equalizer midway through the second half.

In the 74th minute, Katie Rorabaugh set up a free kick and found Broad, who put away the game-tying score for the Cougars.

Azusa Pacific had several other close opportunities, including a 38th-minute penalty kick that was stopped by Toros goalkeeper Rachel Rood. In addition, the Cougars had a pair of opportunities in the first overtime from just in front of goal, but both shots were deflected away by the Cal State Dominguez Hills defense.

Colfer-Martinson finished with 6 saves for the Cougars, including 5 after halftime. The Toros posted a 26-20 shots advantage, and both teams were even in corner kicks, 5-5.

It was the first meeting between the programs since a 1-1 tie in 2000, and it was the fourth draw in 9 meetings all-time.

With the tie, Azusa Pacific enters a 9-day break from game action at 1-0-1, while Cal State Dominguez Hills has an identical 1-0-1 mark on the young season. The Cougars will return to action Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, with 11 a.m. home contests against Cal State San Marcos and Graceland (Iowa). The women’s games will precede a pair of men’s matches each day at the Cougar Classic, hosted by Azusa Pacific’s men’s soccer program.