CARSON, Calif. -- Junior forward Theresa Broad kept up the torrid scoring pace that just netted her the NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week award, registering her third straight game with a goal, leading the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 3-0 win over NCAA Div. II No. 24-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills Tuesday night.
Broad, who averaged exactly 1 goal per game through 46 games over her first 2 collegiate seasons, has nearly doubled her scoring pace as she kicks off her junior campaign. The 2-time NAIA All-American first teamer now has 7 goals through 4 games, and has a goal-scoring streak of 3 games or longer for the sixth time in her career.
Azusa Pacific drew first blood in the 34th minute, when Broad set up senior forward Bridget Brotherton for the game’s first score with a pass from the left side. Senior forward Sarah Yoro had nearly ended the scoreless tie much earlier, hitting the post in the 9th minute, and she found the post again in the 43rd minute with a shot that could have doubled the Azusa Pacific advantage heading into halftime.
It didn’t take much longer for the Cougars to push another goal across, as junior defender Katie Rorabaugh put away a deflected corner kick for the unassisted goal, her second of the season. Rorabaugh, the NAIA’s National Defensive Player of the Week, helped lead a Cougar defense that limited the Toros to 8 total shots, only 4 of which required saves from junior goalkeeper Sammi Sheppard. Sheppard was a perfect 4-for-4 on shots on goal to register her second shutout of the season.
Broad put the game away for good, taking a long ball from sophomore midfielder Lynsey Domene over the top of the Cal State Dominguez Hills back line and beating the Toros goalkeeper for a 3-0 lead with less than 5 minutes remaining in the contest.
The win, which lifted the Cougars to their fourth 4-0 start in the past 5 seasons, pushed Azusa Pacific’s season total to 24 goals, the highest scoring output through 4 games in program history. The Cougars’ 1998 NAIA championship squad tallied 23 goals through its first 4 games, including a 3-1 road win over Cal State Dominguez Hills in the fourth game of the season.
The teams had tied each of the last 3 meetings in the series history, in 1999, 2000 and 2007. The Toros dropped to 2-3 on the season with the loss.