SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- Over the last three years there hasn’t been much love lost between the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team, and Point Loma’s. In 2011 the Sea Lions handed the then NAIA No. 1 ranked Cougars’ their first loss of the season before Azusa Pacific returned the favor by taking home the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament championship.
In that GSAC title game, which was hosted by Point Loma, the two teams played to a 0-0 draw, with Azusa Pacific winning the crown 4-2 on penalty kicks. Two years prior Point Loma twice defeated Azusa Pacific on shootouts, including that year’s NAIA semifinal. Over the past three seasons each game between the two former Golden State Athletic Conference programs has been decided by just one goal, with three of those contests reaching overtime.
Today Point Loma needed only 90 minutes to record its biggest win over Azusa Pacific, winning 2-0 to hand the Cougars their fifth loss of the season, the most since 1997.
The Cougars dominated possession at the beginning, recording six of the first seven shots. Point Loma (6-1, 4-0), however, gained momentum midway through the frame and eventually got on the board in the 39th minute when Kallie Caldwell took advantage of an Azusa Pacific foul in the box by converting a penalty kick.
In the first half Azusa Pacific out shot Point Loma 8-6, but put only two of its shots on target compared to four for the Sea Lions. In the second half the Cougars again looked to be in control, but an early goal from Amanda Mitchell gave the defensive-oriented Sea Lions a commanding 2-0 lead. Entering the match Point Loma had registered three straight shutouts, and had held four of its previous five opponents scoreless.
Over the remainder of the match the Cougars were able to get just one shot on goal, despite out-shooting the Sea Lions 7-4 to fall to 2-2 in Pacific West Conference play. Logan Chan and Natalie Sun had four shots apiece, while Haley Fisher recorded three. Molly Lavin and Allie Stone each tallied a shot on goal, while senior keeper Michelle Wieland tabbed four saves in the loss.
Azusa Pacific will hope to end its brief two-match losing streak when it travels to Grand Canyon University for an 8 p.m. contest on Saturday night.