AZUSA, Calif.-- The 5th ranked Azusa Pacific Cougars steamrolled to its 9th win of the season, scoring a season-high five goals over San Diego Christian on senior day.
The team outshot the Hawks 21-6 in the match, and put 11 shots on frame compared to just two for San Diego Christian.
“I thought from start to finish we played well today,” said Head Coach Jason Surrell. “It was a good all-around performance…I like where we’re at mentally.”
The Cougars got on the board when Emily Wood took a deflection and composed herself to shoot it over the keeper in the 26th minute. In the first half Azusa Pacific outshout the Hawks 8-2 after coming off a 10-shot performance in a defensive struggle at Vanguard on Tuesday.
Out of the break, Brittany Cadena weaved through the San Diego defense, and placed the ball past a diving Katleyn Ogle for her first score of the season just 22 seconds into the second half.
“I didn’t expect to get by all of those defenders. I was glad I got it in at the last second,” said Cadena. “I’ve been waiting for a longtime and have been trying to work hard. I give the team a lot of credit. There’s been a lot of encouragement.”
Surrell agreed. “She’s playing really well and working hard,” said the 12th year head coach. “I feel like she really deserved one for how hard she’s worked.”
Following the score the flood gates came open as Molly Lavin found Heidi Witschi who finished with a score just four yards outside of goal.
At that point the team’s three goals were tied for the highest for the Cougars this season.
Then in the 79th minute an Amanda Hardy corner kick turned into a Shannon Hardy goal when the freshman forward connected in the middle of the box for her third career score.
Janelle Bailey capped off the scoring when Amanda Hardy crossed it to the sophomore, who then placed it left side for the goal.
With the match well in hand, Alexa Douglas recorded her third shutout this year, and 12th in her four year career.
“Obviously I want a shutout every game. This being a senior night it means a lot. This game meant more to everyone. I wanted to perform well and keep the team motivated,” said Douglas, who was one of three seniors honored before the match. 2010 NAIA All-American Brittany Flanagan and Allysa Hinton were also honored.
Azusa Pacific finished with an advantage in nearly all aspects of the match. On top of outscoring San Diego Christian 5-0, the team also earned 10 corner kicks to the Hawks’ one.
With the win Azusa Pacific improved to 9-2-1 on the year, and 5-2 in GSAC play. The next match for the Cougars will be a Wednesday afternoon contest with Concordia at home.