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Persistence Pays Off

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October 16, 2008
Gary Pine
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AZUSA, Calif. -- All-American Theresa Broad scored 2 goals and the NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific tallied 3 second-half scores to finally run away from The Master’s College for a 3-0 Golden State Athletic Conference victory Wednesday afternoon.

The victory extends the Cougars’ GSAC winning streak to 23 straight (they haven’t dropped a conference contest since Sept. 30, 2006) and allows Azusa Pacific to retain sole possession of first place in the conference while denying The Master’s bid to move into a tie atop the GSAC standings.

The Mustangs looked every bit of a title-contending team in the first half, using a stingy defense to frustrate the Cougars at every turn. Senior keeper Maria Loza was at the top of her game, stopping all 4 Cougar shots on goal in the opening frame to produce a scoreless first half, which in turn gave The Master’s some hope of being able to manufacture it first-ever win in 18 meetings with Azusa Pacific.

Broad, however, promptly dispelled any Mustang optimism less than 4 minutes into the second half when she took a Katie Rorabaugh pass and used a deft touch on a soft shot to neatly push the ball past Loza and into the back of the net for the game’s first score.

What was once a wall of defense for The Master’s was now showing cracks, and 5 minutes later All-GSAC midfielder Sarah Yoro ripped a shot from 30-yards out to register her eighth goal of the season and in the process dispel any remaining suspense about the final outcome.

From there the floodgates opened and Azusa Pacific consistently peppered Loza with shots. In the closing minutes Broad registered her GSAC-leading 19th goal of the season, a 9-yard shot off a pass from the current GSAC Player-of-the-Week Bridget Brotherton.

Only a junior, Broad now has 152 points in her Cougar career, second on Azusa Pacific’s all-time scoring list.

Azusa Pacific out-shot The Master’s, 22-3, and collected 5 corner kicks, including 4 in the first half, while yielding just 1 to the Mustangs.

Along with the lengthy conference winning streak, Azusa Pacific has now out-scored GSAC foes 32-2 over the past the past 11 games.

With the victory Azusa Pacific improves to 10-1 overall, 5-0 in the GSAC. The Master’s falls to 8-4 overall, 3-2 in the GSAC. The Cougars return to action Saturday (Oct. 18) when they host arch-rival Biola University at 3:30 p.m.