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Published
October 29, 2002
By
Micah McDaniel
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Senior Rachel Evans scored a pair of goals in her final regular-season home game to lift Azusa Pacific to a 7-0 win over The Master's College.

The win moves the Cougars to within 1 game of clinching their third straight GSAC championship. The Cougars need either a win or tie Saturday at Christian Heritage to clinch the crown and the No. 1-seed in the upcoming NAIA Region II Playoffs.

Junior All-American GK Melissa Strother needed to make just 1 save to get her sixth shutout of the season and 26th of her career. That sets the Azusa Pacific record for career shutouts by a goalkeeper.

Sophomore All-GSAC Stephanie Bays gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute wit her sixth goal of the season. Three minutes later, leading scorer Erin Arbizu netted her 11th of the year, and the Cougars were off and running.

Freshman Megan Cardin scored her first collegiate goal in the 32nd minute off a header from a cross by Stephanie Hannemann, and the Cougars led 3-0 at halftime.

Senior All-GSAC Rachel Evans, who was honored along with Jen Sousa just prior to the game in a senior night ceremony, scored the first 2 goals of the second half just 3 minutes apart for her third and fourth goals of the year. It was also her second 2-goal game of the season.

Cardin added her second career goal in the 56th minute, and freshman Julie Fennel scored her first career goal with 5 minutes left to round out the scoring.

Arbizu finished with a goal and 3 assists. Cardin added an assist with her 2 goals.

The win moves the Cougars to 10-2, 8-1, while The Master's drops to 6-12, 2-7.