LA MIRADA, Calif.-- Natalie Sun’s game tying goal in the 85th minute sent the NAIA’s No. 3 ranked Azusa Pacific to overtime, but the Cougars (7-2-1; 3-2) couldn’t keep the momentum going as Biola’s Jessica Austin scored off a corner in the 103rd minute to give the home team a 2-1 win in the second overtime.
Biola struck first in the match when when Brittany Barr managed to place a 40 yard cross from Taylor Lundquist over Alexa Douglas’ head in the 16th minute.
The rest of the opening half the teams exchanged shots, with none on goal, as Biola (7-5; 4-1) held a 4-3 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes.
The second half saw the Cougars create opportunities, but Azusa Pacific couldn’t get it past the Eagle’s Erin Frushon, as she accounted for three saves on the day.
Late in the half when things were looking dark for the Cougars, Sun shined to give the team a ray of hope when she knocked in her fourth goal of the year with five minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime.
In the first extra period neither team got a shot on frame to send the match into a second overtime. Three minutes in Austin notched the game winner off a corner kick to give the Eagles the victory.
The Cougars recorded 19 shots compared to Biola’s seven, but the Eagles sent four on target while Azusa Pacific tallied only three. Sun and Emily Wood got off four shots apiece, while Madeline Arterburn, Brittany Flanagan, and Molly Lavin each had two.
The Cougars return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Costa Mesa for a road match with Vanguard.