There's nothing like a good 4-0 win to get the confidence going again. Just days removed from a 2-0 loss at Westmont, which snapped Azusa Pacific's GSAC 21-match unbeaten streak, the Cougars rebounded with a 4-0 thumping at Hope International.
Azusa Pacific, which earlier in the day fell out of the NAIA's Top 5 for the first time in 39 straight polls to No. 9, still has yet to concede a goal to the Royals in 6 meetings since the team's first meeting in 1998.
Sophomore All-GSAC Stephanie Bays got the Cougars on the board first in the 21st minute with her first of 2 goals on the day. Freshman Jolie Nitta made it a 2-0 lead just 2 minutes later.
Bays added her second goal in the 67th minute off an assist from Marilyn Montgomery. Two minutes later, sophomore Erin Arbizu tallied her eighth goal of the season from Montgomery and Heather Hannemann.
The Cougars fired 46 shots towards the Royal net, 28 of them on goal. Junior All-American Melissa Strother collected 5 saves to post her third shutout of the season and 23rd of her career. She needs just 2 more to tie Azusa Pacific's all-time record for career shutouts (25) held by April Reed (1991-94).
With the win, Azusa Pacific moves to 7-2 overall, 4-1 GSAC. The Royals fall to 4-8-1, 1-4.