LA MIRADA, Calif. -- Sophomore Theresa Broad extended her scoring streak to 6 games with a second-half goal that lifted the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 1-0 road win over Biola Saturday afternoon.
Broad, who entered Golden State Athletic Conference play with just 2 goals in 6 non-conference games, has scored in all 6 of the Cougars’ GSAC wins, tallying a total of 9 goals over the past 3 weeks.
The Cougars peppered the Biola goal throughout the game, registering 23 shots to Biola’s 7, but Eagles goalkeeper Lauren Gregston made 11 saves to help keep the game close. Gregston made 8 of her 11 saves in the first half, when the Cougars outshot Biola by an 11-2 margin.
Just past the 68-minute mark, junior midfielder Sarah Yoro played through to Broad just outside the top of the penalty box, and the Cougars’ scoring leader beat Gregston from left to right to the far post to break the scoreless tie.
Senior goalkeeper Jill Colfer-Martinson made a pair of highlight-reel saves of her own in the second half to help preserve the shutout, the program-record 41st of her career. Just over 17 minutes into the second half, a loose ball knocked around the Cougar penalty area was gathered and shot low to the left by Gabby Jolin, but Colfer-Martinson made a diving stop to keep the game scoreless at the time. Then, less than 3 minutes after Broad’s 69th-minute go-ahead score, Colfer-Martinson made a leaping stop to her right, hanging on to a well-struck line drive from Laurelle Robertson.
The Cougars welcomed the return of sophomore defender Katie Rorabaugh, who sat out Wednesday’s 4-2 win over The Master’s, as well as junior forward Bridget Brotherton, who had not played since being carried off the field nearly a month ago in Azusa Pacific’s 3-2 win over the NAIA’s top-ranked Lee (Tenn.) on Sept. 14. Brotherton fired 4 shots in action off the bench in both halves.
With the win, Azusa Pacific remains in sole possession of first place in the GSAC with a 6-0 conference record, and the Cougars improve to 10-1-1 overall heading into a Tuesday afternoon showdown with the NAIA’s No. 10-ranked Concordia, the GSAC’s current second-place team. Biola drops to 1-4-2 in GSAC play, 3-8-2 overall.