RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific established itself as the undisputed frontrunner for its fourth straight Golden State Athletic Conference women’s soccer title, hanging a 2-1 defeat on No. 7-ranked California Baptist in a matchup between the GSAC’s only two teams unbeaten in conference play.
Junior forward Theresa Broad, the conference’s scoring leader, put the Cougars ahead for good at 2-1 in the 54th minute with her 17th goal of the season. Broad tucked the ball inside the upper right corner, with senior forward Bridget Brotherton and junior defender Katie Rorabaugh registering the assists that set up Broad’s game-winner. Broad has now scored the game-winning goal in 4 straight games, all Azusa Pacific victories.
California Baptist's Kylee Nicassio headed in the game’s first score in the 17th minute, finishing off a Jenna Oltmanns free kick to the far post to give the Lancers a 1-0 lead. The margin proved to be short-lived, lasting less than 5 minutes. The Cougars answered with Brotherton's header off a Rorabaugh free kick in the 22nd minute, tying the game and sending the teams into halftime knotted at 1-1.
Azusa Pacific put 11 of its 20 shots on goal in the win, although California Baptist goalkeeper Emily Evanson registered 8 saves to keep the Lancers just 1 score away throughout the second half.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 9-1, 4-0 in GSAC while California Baptist drops to 9-3, 3-1 in GSAC. The Cougars will host The Master's College on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in a 3:30 p.m. match at the Cougar Soccer Complex.