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Cougars Take Over The Top

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Published
October 6, 2007
By
Shaun Sandbloom
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AZUSA, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific shut out California Baptist, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at the Cougar Soccer Complex, making the Cougars the only remaining team in the Golden State Athletic Conference with an undefeated conference record.

After a scoreless first half, the Cougars posted the win of the strength of 2 second-half goals scored by senior midfielder Randie Massro and sophomore forward Theresa Broad.

Massro's goal, her second of the season, came in the 49th minute off a beautifully-placed corner kick from freshman midfielder Lynsey Domene, who delivered the ball from the left side. Massro emerged from a handful of players fighting for position at the far post and headed it into the upper left hand corner of the net.

"I was finally able to make that corner happen the way it was supposed to," Massro said. "The corner couldn't have been played any better. I looked up and it was just right there waiting for me."

After Massro's goal, Azusa Pacific battled for possession for the majority of the second half, much like it needed to throughout the majority of the first half, before Domene set up the Cougars’ second goal by threading a pass up the middle of the field. Broad collected the pass and sprinted straight at the California Baptist goalkeeper from the top of the penalty box, then took the ball past one final Lancer defender and placed the ball to the goalkeeper’s left from 5 yards out.

The Cougars' win marked another shutout performance from senior goalkeeper Jill Colfer-Martinson, who saved 4 of the 8 shots the Lancers took on the day. Colfer-Martinson made a trio of spectacular saves early in the first half to keep the Lancers off the board.

"Because our defense is so good I'm not used to seeing as many balls as I saw today," Colfer-Martinson said. "But I had some help from the defenders and that's what made the game. (California Baptist) came out pretty tough, but I thought we adjusted pretty well."

After scoring 16 goals over its past 3 games heading into Saturday’s afternoon contest, the Cougars were held to 2 goals for the first time since a mid-September 1-0 defeat at the NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).\

"We knew just from scouting them that they would be organized and keep it compact," said Azusa Pacific head coach Jason Surrell. "They make it tough and we knew we would have to be patient going into today's game. When you have some of the games we have had with some of the scores we have had, you get kind of used to winning. But I reminded the team that this game wasn't going to be like any of those other games."

With the victory, Azusa Pacific improves to 4-0 in GSAC play, 8-1-1 overall, while California Baptist drops to 3-1 in conference play, 8-3 overall. The Cougars are back in action for a pair of road games next week, taking on The Master’s on Wednesday, Oct. 10 before next Saturday’s visit to Biola.