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Half-Hour Hat Trick

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Published
October 4, 2008
By
Joe Reinsch
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EL CAJON, Calif. -- Junior forward Theresa Broad tied a career-high with 4 goals to lead the NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 5-1 road win over San Diego Christian Saturday afternoon. The victory extends the Cougars’ program-record Golden State Athletic Conference winning streak to 20 games.

Broad needed just 33 seconds to hit paydirt, giving Azusa Pacific a 1-0 lead with her first scoring tally. San Diego Christian’s Natasha Lynch evened the game at 1-1 in the seventh minute, but Broad delivered the game-winner in the 24th minute, scoring her second unassisted goal of the contest. Six minutes later, sophomore midfielder Lynsey Domene’s assist set up Broad for the 30th-minute goal that completed the hat trick, and the Cougars took their 3-1 lead into halftime.

After 25 scoreless minutes to open the second half, Broad tied her career-high with her fourth goal, another unassisted strike, in the 70th minute, pushing her season scoring total to 15 goals through just 8 games. The program single-season record is 26 goals, set in 19 games in 2001 by Chrissy Sanford.

Senior forward Grace Eleyae, who scored her first career goal and assisted another in her 2008 season debut in Azusa Pacific’s GSAC-opening 6-0 victory over Fresno Pacific 3 days earlier, scored her second goal in as many games when she provided the final margin in the 72nd minute. Her unassisted goal gave a 5-1 lead to the Cougars, who out-shot San Diego Christian in the match by a 27-4 margin.

The victory gives Azusa Pacific a share of the conference lead with California Baptist at 2-0, and the Cougars improve to 7-1 overall. San Diego Christian is 0-3 in GSAC play, 3-6 overall. Azusa Pacific’s upcoming week features another pair of road games. First up is a Tuesday, Oct. 7 visit to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, followed by a clash of NAIA Top 10 programs when the Cougars take on No. 8-ranked California Baptist on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Riverside.