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From left to right: Allie Stone, Mayra Almazan, Sarah Klinkenberg.

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Published
November 5, 2013
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- After clinching the Pacific West Conference championship on Saturday the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team swept the PacWest’s weekly awards. Sophomore midfielder Mayra Alamzan highlighted the honors, earning Player of the Week recognition after scoring each of the Cougars’ goals, including the conference clinching score late in the team’s 1-0 win over California Baptist on Saturday.

Senior defender Allie Stone was named Defender of the Week, while keeper Sarah Klinkenberg took home Freshman of the Week honors.

Almazan scored the game-winning goal in Azusa Pacific’s 1-0 win over Fresno Pacific, and again in the team’s defeat of the reigning PacWest champions of CBU. The sophomore transfer from UC Santa Barbara paces the Cougars in goals (8) and points (19) despite missing two early season matches while playing with the Costa Rican National Team.

Stone and Klinkenberg earned their weekly honors thanks to another stingy effort by the Cougar defense. Azusa Pacific shutout each of its opponents to tie a program record with nine consecutive shutouts, dating back to a 1-1 draw against Academy of Art on Sept. 21; the lone game the Cougars haven’t won in their 21-match conference unbeaten streak dating back to 2012.

Klinkenberg started in goal for each of the contests, and her 0.29 goals against average this season is just a fraction off of the program’s all-time single season mark set by Michelle Wieland in 2009 (0.28). Klinkenberg tabbed five saves in the two matches, giving her a .920 save percentage on the season.

Stone had an impressive showing on senior day against the Lancers, helping Azusa Pacific shutout the conference’s top-ranked offense to extend the team’s shutout streak to 875 minutes. Against the Lancers Stone twice stopped Kelly Jenks, the PacWest’s scoring leader. The senior turned away a Jenks shot in the first half, and then cleared a Jenks header off a corner late in the second half as Azusa Pacific sealed its 11th conference championship.

The Cougars will close the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Point Loma for a 11 a.m. match against the Sea Lions. Last season Point Loma ended the Cougars’ season, advancing to the NCCAA National Championships with an 8-7 win in a shootout after the team’s played to a 0-0 draw.