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Shannon Righetti scored twice and assisted a third goal in Azusa Pacific's 7-0 win over Chaminade.

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Published
October 11, 2012
By
Jared Pine
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific registered the Pacific West Conference’s single-game season-high with 48 shots in a 7-0 win over Chaminade Thursday night.

The Cougars dominated possession of the ball throughout the contest with 48 shots, 31 of them on goal, compared to two shots for the Silverswords, neither of which were on target. Senior forward Shannon Righetti led the Cougars with two goals on nine shots in the game as well as an assist to Kendra Trifonovitch that came less than a minute before her second goal.

"We played well and had a lot of opportunities," Azusa Pacific head coach Jason Surrell said. "We had 48 shots and did a good job taking advantage of those opportunities."

Despite having several opportunities, the Cougars were held scoreless in the first 22 minutes of play before senior forward Heidi Witschi drilled a shot into the net from 35 yards out for an unassisted goal to give Azusa Pacific a one-goal advantage.

Later in the half, senior midfielder Emily Wood scored her third goal in two games on a shot to the far post from 15 yards out on a ball played into the right side of the box by Haley Fisher. Danielle Ross and Shannon Hardy scored the Cougars' other two goals, each in the second half.

Azusa Pacific had 16 corner kicks in the game, and all four of the goals in the second half were off of corner kicks.

Chaminade goalkeeper Lauren Ishii registered 24 saves, easily setting the standard for the PacWest’s single-game best this season, which had previously stood at 17.

On the current Cougar homestand, Azusa Pacific is riding a 13-goal streak. After giving up a goal to Hawaii Pacific in the first half last Thursday, the Cougars scored twice to rally for the double-overtime win over Hawaii Pacific before defeating their next two opponents by scores of 4-0 and 7-0.

Righetti has accounted for four of those goals in the last three games, which represent all four of her scores this year.

Azusa Pacific’s seven-goal scoring output was its highest since an 8-0 win over Menlo in 2009. The win also pushed the Cougars record on the season to 7-5 overall and 6-2 in the Pacific West as they extend their win streak to four games. The Silverswords are now 0-10 with the loss and 0-8 in conference play.

"We needed a goal to play for. We had been competing for a national title for so many years," Surrell said. "Since we don't have that to shoot for and such a high-achieving team, we needed to set a goal. When we were 3-5, we had a meeting and set some specific goals that we can shoot for. Since then, we have been focused and purposeful with what we are doing."

The Cougars wrap up a set of four consecutive home games when they host BYU-Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m.