FULLERTON, Calif.-- Azusa Pacific defeated Hope International by the final score of 1-0 Saturday in Fullerton, Calif. Junior midfielder Molly Lavin put in the only goal of the match off of a pass from sophomore defender Natalie Nick.
Lavin tallied her fifth goal of the season and tenth of her collegiate career. Nick recorded her eighth assist of the season and has assisted all three goals the Cougars have scored this week, having assisted two goals against Concordia on Wednesday.
The Cougars outshot the Royals by a staggering total as they got off 26 shots compared to Hope International’s two.
Alexa Douglas recorded her fourth shutout of the year after facing zero shots on goal from the Royals. Azusa Pacific put 12 shots on frame and earned 10 corner kicks.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 11-2-1 overall and 7-2 in the GSAC play. The Royals fall to 4-12 overall, 0-9 in GSAC play. The loss marks Hope Internationals ninth consecutive defeat and is the first time the team has gone winless in conference play since 2006.
The Cougars finish second in the GSAC, behind Point Loma Nazarene who finished 16-1-1 overall, and 8-1 in GSAC play. The second place finish snaps six straight GSAC championships for Azusa Pacific.
Azusa Pacific’s season will continue as they host the GSAC Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Cougar Soccer Complex. The Cougars won the GSAC tournament last season, defeating California Baptist 3-0 in Azusa. Regardless of how the Cougars compete in the GSAC Tournament, they should receive an NAIA invite to the national championship tournament in Decatur, Ala.