EL CAJON, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific scored a pair of second-half goals, one 5 minutes into the half and the other with 6 minutes remaining in the game, to beat San Diego Christian, 2-0, in a Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday.
Sophomore Molly Lavin cleaned up a loose ball in front the Hawk net for the game’s first tally and her second goal of the season. Kelsey Walker headed an Allie Stone free kick and though Walker’s attempt was defended, Lavin came up and slipped the ball past Hawk keeper Emily Garbez.
The Cougars continued to pepper Garbez throughout the rest of the half until they broke through again when Laura Feehs headed in a Natalie Sun pass for an insurance goal in the 85th minute, her team-leading ninth goal.
In between tallies, the Cougars dominated at the offensive end and nearly put another shot in the back of the net when Brittany Flanagan’s shot hit the post and ricocheted out in the 70th minute.
Azusa Pacific out-shot San Diego Christian, 23-4, which included 10-0 count on goal. In the second half alone, the Cougars rifled 15 shots on Garbez, was replaced after the second goal. Azusa Pacific also finished with 10 corner kicks. San Diego Christian did earn one for the entire 90 minutes of play.
Cougar keeper Alexa Douglas picked up her first shutout of the season.
With the victory Azusa Pacific moves to 12-1-2 on the season, 7-1-1 in GSAC play to remain in first place, a point ahead of The Master’s College. San Diego Christian falls to 4-9-3 overall, 0-6-2 in the GSAC.