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Cougars Win Catfight, 3-1

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September 28, 2002
Micah McDaniel
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Usually an encore comes at the completion of a performance. Azusa Pacific freshman Julie Broussard just couldn't wait any longer.

The Cougars, ranked No. 3 in the NAIA, rebounded from Tuesday night's 2-1 double-overtime loss at CS Bakersfield with an impressive 3-1 win over visiting Alliant International tonight in Azusa.

The Cougars trailed 1-0 when Broussard scored her first collegiate goal at 35:08 of the first half. And what did she do for an encore? She scored her second collegiate goal just 53 seconds later on a beautiful header into an open net to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.

"She (Julie) came in tonight and did great for us," said Azusa Pacific third-year head coach Jason Surrell. "That second goal was amazing, and the first one, she had composure to finish. They sat back on us and let us come across midfield, and we don't see very many teams that do that, so it gave us problems tonight. The last 20 minutes we finally got into a groove."

Sophomore Erin Arbizu added her team-leading fourth goal of the year in the 85th minute to complete the scoring.

The Mountain Lions (5-4-2) jumped on the board early when Cecilia Rongedal scored off a long pass by Anna Okmark over the Cougar defense in the ninth minute. However, Cougar All-American GK Melissa Strother was solid the rest of the way, collecting 3 saves. Junior All-GSAC Heather Hannemann assisted on all 3 goals, the second 3-assist game of her 3-year career.

After falling behind 1-0, All-American Jenn Sousa sent a cross into the middle that Hannemann collected and fed an open Broussard, who had nothing but an open net. She buried the ball into the right side of the net. Seconds later, Hannemann sent a long cross into the box that Broussard beautifully headed into another open net.

The Cougars outshot the Mountain Lions, 16-6, on the night and smothered AIU in the second half, allowing just 2 shots.

Azusa Pacific is now 3-1 on the season and will travel to Riverside to face Cal Baptist in the 2002 GSAC opener Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.