Fresno Pacific 0
FRESNO, Calif. -- Senior MF Kris Maldonado broke a scoreless tie in the 44th minute to kickstart Azusa Pacific, and the Cougars cruised in for a 3-0 GSAC win over Fresno Pacific in Fresno, Calif.
The win is the Cougars’ fourth of the season and moves their unbeaten streak to 6 as the NAIA’s top-ranked team moves to 4-0-2 overall, 1-0-1 in the GSAC. Fresno Pacific drops to 4-5-1 overall, 0-1-0 GSAC.
With the game seemingly headed for halftime at 0-0, Maldonado headed in a corner kick service from Megan Cardin to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. The goal was just the second goal of her career and first since 1999.
The Cougars dominated the run of play for most of the night and outshot the Sunbirds, 16-9, including an 11-3 margin in the second half. Cougar GK Melissa Strother needed to make 6 saves to collect her 33rd career shuout. She needs just 1 more to move into the NAIA’s top 5 in career shutouts.
Although the Cougars generated several scoring opportunities in the second half, none were able to find the net until Ellen Clark scored her third goal of the season on a rebound in the 87th minute to give the Cougars a 2-0 advantage.
Less than a minute and a half later, Clark was tackled just outside the box, and the Cougars were awarded a free kick. Cardin, who assisted on Maldonado’s goal earlier, sent a bender to the far post that went by the outstretched Audra Carter and into the net for a 3-0 Cougar lead.
Azusa Pacific is in action again Friday night when the Cougars host John Brown (Ark.) at 7 p.m. in Cougar Stadium in a non-conference match.