SAN RAFAEL, Calif.-- It was about as dominating as a two-goal win can be, and with a 2-0 victory over Dominican the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team evened up its record while improving to 2-0 in Pacific West play. The Cougars (3-3, 2-0) held the Penguins (0-3, 0-1) to just two shots in the match, while controlling possession from the opening kick to record their second consecutive shutout.
Azusa Pacific made the most of its 10 shots, putting nine on frame and two into the back of the net to complete the team’s four-game road trip with a 2-2 record. Senior striker Natalie Sun scored the first goal of the day before Shannon Righetti’s second goal of the season gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead that would hold throughout.
Sophomore Amanda Hardy assisted on both of the scores, giving the forward eight in her career, while senior keeper Michelle Wieland notched her third shutout of the season. Heidi Witschi finished with three shots, all on goal, in the match, while sophomore Alyx Williams added two shots on goal.
In the first half Witschi nearly put the Cougars on the board when Natalie Nick sent in a pass off a corner, but Dominican’s Megan Herring was there for her first of seven saves in the third minute. Witschi gave Azusa Pacific another good opportunity in the 8th, but Herring was there again for the stop. Azusa Pacific’s next shot didn’t come until the 34th minute, but the Cougars made the most of it as Hardy found Sun on a breakaway before Sun beat Herring for her third goal of the season, giving Azusa Pacific a 1-0 advantage.
Azusa Pacific kept Herring busy throughout the first half, this time with Williams getting off a good shot in the 41st minute. Herring tallied three saves in the first half, while the Cougars held Dominican without an attempt. In the second Lynsey Browne became the latest would-be scorer when she headed a free kick towards the goal, but Herring was there again for the stop.
The Penguins registered their first shot of the match at the 50:52 mark, but Julianna Bratsberg’s look sailed wide of the goal. In the 74th minute Righetti padded the Cougars’ lead when her shot from the right side of the box traveled into the far corner of the goal. Following the score Azusa Pacific held Dominican without a shot, improving to 2-0 in PacWest play.
The win kept Azusa Pacific from matching its highest loss total (4) in the Jason Surrell era. The Cougars, who have played five of six games on the road this season, return home for a PacWest match with California Baptist on Thursday night at 7:30.