AZUSA, Calif.-- Two things are clear: they know how to win, and they know how to share. On Saturday night the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team got five goals from five different players to record its fourth consecutive win in a 5-0 defeat of Chaminade. The Cougars registered a season-high 41 shots, and saw two players find the back of the net for the first time this season to improve to 5-0-1 in Pacific West Conference play.
“The great thing about our team is that we are so balanced offensively. At any moment I feel like somebody can get the job done for us and you never know who it’s going to be,” said head coach Jason Surrell.
Azusa Pacific got on the board early when Shannon Hardy found her twin sister Amanda Hardy in front of the goal for a score in the 4th minute. 21 minutes later freshman Lindsey Ryals gave the Cougars a 2-0 edge on a beautiful, bending strike to the opposite post for her second goal this year. In the 37th Mayra Alamzan, who assisted on Ryals’ score, made it a 3-0 match when she tucked a free kick around a line of Silversword (0-8. 0-4) defenders from left of the box.
In the second half Azusa Pacific continued its scoring barrage when Stephanie Lossau settled a ball on the right side of the box, and placed it towards the left post to notch her first career goal in the 73rd. Reade Tillman capped the rout in the 80th when she tucked her shot just under the bar from the 18.
The Cougars dominated possession, and outshot the Silverswords 41-9 in the match to improve to 7-1-1 headed into a two week break from action. And while the Cougar offense highlighted the victory, the team’s traditionally stout defense was at it again, posting its fourth consecutive shutout.
Freshman keeper Sarah Klinkenberg had five saves in the win to extend the Cougars’ impressive shutout streak to 425 minutes, dating back to a 1-1 draw against Academy of Art on Sept. 21.
“The defense has been great. We know we’ll be challenged a little more later in the conference. We have veterans back there. They’ve been in big games, so this isn’t anything they haven’t been exposed to,” said Surrell.
Azusa Pacific has now outscored PacWest opponents 22-1 through six conference matches, with the lone goal allowed coming on a fluky rainy day play against the Urban Knights. Two of the four goals Azusa Pacific has allowed have been on penalty kicks, with the other two coming on set pieces.
The Cougars will now enjoy a lengthy two-week break before returning to action at Dixie State (Utah) on Oct. 19. Azusa Pacific’s lone home match remaining on the schedule is set for Nov. 2 against California Baptist.