ST. GEORGE, Utah-- It’s been nearly a month since the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team allowed a goal, and after extending its shutout streak to 515 minutes, the Cougars won their fifth consecutive match to improve to 8-1-1 (6-0-1) with a 1-0 victory over Dixie State on Saturday morning.
The Cougars, who haven’t played since a 5-0 defeat of Chaminade on Oct. 5, shook off the rust early, getting the go-ahead goal midway through the first half before limiting the Red Storm (6-5-2, 6-3-1) to five shots on goal over the course of the game.
Freshman Sarah Kilnkenberg posted her fifth shutout of the season with five saves against 14 Dixie State shots. The keeper has allowed only four goals this season, two of which have come on penalty kicks.
Amanda Hardy scored the game-winning goal in the 22nd minute, cleaning up a rebound on a Haley Fisher shot for the junior’s third goal of the year. Azusa Pacific finished with 12 shots in the win, putting six of them on frame.
Hardy registered three shots in the match, placing two on target, while Katelyn Rogers, Alyx Williams, Logan Chan, and Fisher each tabbed shots on goal.
The first place Cougars will continue their Pacific West Conference slate when they travel to the Bay Area for weekend tilts against Notre Dame de Namur and Dominican on Thursday and Saturday respectively. The Argonauts entered Saturday with a 2-4-1 PacWest record, while the Penguins check in a 3-4-1.