SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Freshman midfielder Lynsey Domene and sophomore defender Katie Rorabaugh scored goals just over a minute apart midway through the second half to lift the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 2-0 road win over No. 17-ranked Point Loma Nazarene Saturday afternoon. The win clinches at least a share of the Cougars’ third consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference championship with a full week to play in the regular season.
Any Azusa Pacific win or tie in its final 2 games against Hope International and Vanguard or a California Baptist loss or tie in the final week will ensure sole possession of the GSAC title for the Cougars, who have now won 16 straight conference contests.
Azusa Pacific limited Point Loma Nazarene to just 4 shots in the first 70 minutes, and Domene snapped the scoreless tie with just over 15 minutes remaining in regulation, finding her way to an open shot from about 10 yards out. The goal was Domene’s fifth of the season, and sophomore forward Theresa Broad put another shot on goal just 30 seconds later. Sea Lions goalkeeper Cissy Butler saved Broad’s strike, but with just over 14 minutes to play, Rorabaugh worked her way all the way from the midfield for the unassisted goal that put the Cougars up by a 2-0 margin.
Point Loma Nazarene could not manage a shot over the final 20 minutes of the game, allowing the Cougars to coast to the victory. Senior goalkeeper Jill Colfer-Martinson registered a pair of saves to preserve the shutout, her program career-record 43rd. Colfer-Martinson has posted 6 shutouts in the Cougars’ 8 conference games this season, running her overall season shutout total to 9.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 8-0 in GSAC play, 12-1-1 overall, while Point Loma Nazarene drops to 4-3-1 GSAC, 10-4-1 overall. The Cougars host Hope International on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. with a chance to claim sole possession of the conference crown.