SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.-- In a rain-soaked battle in San Francisco the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Academy of Art on Saturday afternoon. In her first start of the season Shannon Hardy notched the equalizer with her second goal in as many games in the 50th minute before both defenses tightened the screws over the balance of regulation and each 10-minute overtime period.
“There was an unbelievable amount of rain. We played poorly in the beginning, but then we settled in, and played good enough to win it. In the second half we had a lot of chances, but couldn’t finish. I thought once we got comfortable we played really well, and did enough to win the game. Unfortunately it didn’t happen for us today,” said head coach Jason Surrell.
Four minutes into the second half Lindsey Ryals found Hardy on the left side on a long cross. The junior forward then took advantage of a one-on-one situation and put the ball in the far side of the net to even the score at 1-1. The assist was Ryals' first of the season.
In the first overtime period the Cougars generated the only scoring opportunity earning a corner kick, but couldn’t capitalize off the set piece. Azusa Pacific again outshot the Urban Knights in the second period of overtime with three shots, including a shot on goal from Ryals. Academy of Art, however, had the final scoring opportunity on a corner in the 107th minute, but couldn't turn it into a goal.
The Urban Knights’ lone goal came in the final minute of the first half on a free kick from Miranda Corneliussen. The shot came from 22 yards out and slipped through Sarah Klinkenberg's hands in the wet conditions. Klinkenberg finished the match with three saves.
“It was a tough one. The ball just slipped through her hands, it was just wet, and unfortunate for her. She’s been great for us so far,” said Surrell.
The Cougars had 22 shots on the day, placing 10 on goal. Haley Fisher, Alyx Williams and Ryals each had four shots with Ryals and Fisher each putting a pair of their shots on goal.
Azusa Pacific's record drops to 3-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in PacWest play. Academy of Art is now 1-4-1 this season, 0-1-1 in conference.