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Published
October 24, 2013
By
Chris Baker
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BELMONT, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team continued its winning ways on Thursday afternoon, defeating Notre Dame de Namur 3-0 for its sixth consecutive Pacific West Conference victory. The Cougars used two first half scores to build a 2-0 lead, before adding on midway through the second half to post their sixth consecutive shutout and improve to 9-1-1 this season.

“I thought we played a good game today from start to finish. The back four continued to play really well, and really that’s a credit to the entire team. We didn’t give up a whole lot of chances, and it’s because we know what we need to do from a defensive standpoint,” said head coach Jason Surrell.

The run of six consecutive shutouts is the program’s longest since 2005, and the Cougars’ six straight clean sheet wins are the most since they won nine straight shutouts in 2001. Azusa Pacific has allowed just one goal in Pacific West Conference action, and the four goals allowed through 11 matches is the team’s best since the Cougars allowed just four goals through 14 games in 2011.

On the offensive end Haley Williamson got the Cougars on the board in the 15th minute, connecting on a long ball from Natalie Nick to give Azusa Pacific an early 1-0 lead. Then just before the half Lindsey Ryals found the back of the net from the top of the box for her third goal as a Cougar to make it a 2-0 match in the 45th.

Azusa Pacific got off six first half shots, holding the Argonauts (5-9-1, 3-5-1) to only one shot through the first 45 minutes of play, and continued to control possession in the second half with a 7-3 shot advantage.

Katelyn Rogers tabbed the lone goal of the second half, taking advantage of a one-v-one opportunity off a through ball from Logan Chan to score in the 72nd minute.

“I thought Katelyn had her best game of the year today. She scored a really nice great goal and had a few other chances that were really dangerous. We took a little bit of time adjusting to the field turf, but we got things going pretty quickly. There were a number of players that stood out today. Haley was really good in the middle of the field, and the back line did a nice job of limiting their chances,” said Surrell.

With the win Azusa Pacific moved to 7-0-1 in PacWest play. The Cougars have outscored conference opponents 25-1 in eight matches, posting a PacWest leading seven shutouts in that span. Azusa Pacific will look to improve on that mark on Saturday, where it’ll have a chance to extend its streak of 605 shutout minutes against Dominican at 11 a.m.