SANTA CLARITA, Calif.-- Molly Lavin scored her third game winner and Michelle Wieland recorded eight saves to lift No. 3 Azusa Pacific over The Master’s (7-5; 1-2) 1-0 in a Saturday afternoon road win for the Cougars.
“It was a battle. We had a lot of chances and didn’t finish, they had some chances but Michelle made some great saves,” said Head Coach Jason Surrell.
Lavin’s goal came off a Natalie Nick corner in the 57th minute. The junior midfielder timed the service perfectly to head it past TMC’s Ilyssa Espiritu for the match’s lone score. Nick is pacing the Cougars with four assists on the year, three of which have come in the last two matches.
Wieland stopped eight Mustang shots, including two in the final ten minutes; one of which was with 30 seconds remaining. The shutout was the sophomore keeper’s third this season, and the team’s fifth in just eight contests.
Azusa Pacific (6-1-1; 2-1) tallied 15 shots in the match, putting seven on goal. Junior forward Natalie Sun led the way with four shots (one on goal), while both of sophomore Laura Feehs’ shots were on target.
Mariam Monroe made her first appearance as a Cougar, shooting twice (one on goal) in her first bit of action since a meniscus injury sidelined her.
The win was especially significant because it put’s Surrell just one W away from becoming the fastest coach in NAIA history to reach the 200-win plateau. The Cougars will have a chance to help him reach that mark on Wednesday as they welcome Westmont to the Azusa Pacific campus for a 3:00 p.m. start.