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Published
November 22, 2002
By
Micah McDaniel
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Azusa Pacific 3
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 0

2002 NAIA National Tournament
First Round

(St. Charles, Mo.) – There was some thought late last Saturday that Azusa Pacific may not even make it to this point.

After all, the Cougars had lost in the Region II Finals and needed lots of help from other teams just to qualify for this year's NAIA Tournament. They got the help they needed. They got into the tournament, and now they're on the prowl.

Azusa Pacific wasted no time in quest for a second NAIA championship as the NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Cougars beat Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 3-0, in the opening round of the 2002 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Tournament in St. Charles, Mo.

The win places the fifth-seeded Cougars into tomorrow’s quarterfinals against No. 4-seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), which defeated Mary (N.D.), 5-0, yesterday.

The Cougars jumped out of the gate quickly, scoring all of their 3 goals in the first 30 minutes, and then relied on its superior ball control and defense to keep the 12th seeded Eagles from posing any threats.

Sophomore All-GSAC Erin Arbizu scored in the third minute off an assist from Megan Cardin to put the Cougars on the board. She then added her 17th goal of the season less than 7 minutes later to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. Marilyn Montgomery assisted on the second tally.

Sophomore All-GSAC Stephanie Bays scored her ninth goal of the season, assisted by All-GSAC Rachel Evans, in the 30th minute to round out the scoring.

Cougar GK Melissa Strother needed to make just 2 saves to post her seventh shutout of the season. The Cougars outshot the Eagles, 22-4.

With the win, Azusa Pacific, which has been to 4 straight NAIA Final Fours, improves to 14-4 on the season. Embry-Riddle concludes its season at 17-4-1.