SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- The 2013 Pacific West Conference champion Azusa Pacific Cougars had their 21-match unbeaten streak snapped on Saturday, falling 2-0 to Point Loma to close out PacWest play. The Cougars, who had recorded nine consecutive shutouts dating back to Sept. 26, gave up a goal late in the opening frame before the Sea Lions (9-7-1, 7-4-1) became the first team to tab multiple goals in a match against Azusa Pacific this season with a 66th minute score.
Point Loma got on the board in the 43rd minute on Natalie Swift’s fifth goal of the season, scoring top-shelf to give the Sea Lions a 1-0 lead at the break. Then midway through the second half Claire Mathews took a through ball from Codi Cameron and found the back of the net for her fourth score of the year.
Azusa Pacific, which clinched the conference championship with a thrilling 1-0 win over California Baptist last Saturday, was shutout for the first time since a 1-0 loss to Cal Poly Pomona on Sept. 10, the team’s only other loss of the season.
Point Loma out shot the Cougars 11-6 on the day, and made the most of its three shots on goal. The Cougars, who rank as the PacWest’s second highest scoring offense, did not put a shot on frame to fall to 1-3-1 against Point Loma over the past four seasons.
Azusa Pacific may have another chance at the Sea Lions in the NCCAA Regionals. The Cougars, who earned a bye in the first round of the regional tournament, will host the winner of a Point Loma - Bethesda Christian match on Nov. 21 at the Cougar Soccer Complex. The regional champion will advance to the NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. on Dec. 2-7.