WHITTIER, Calif. -- Senior forward Shannon Coe scored a career-high 4 goals and led the NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 9-0 blowout win over Whittier in the Cougars most lopsided win since 2001.
Coe led an attack that produced 9 goals on 26 shots, including her efficient effort as she recorded her scores on just 5 shots. The Cougars quickly put pressure on the Whittier defense from the opening minutes of the game and tallied their first goal on a Coe shot in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead.
Freshman Bridget Brotherton scored her second goal of the season in the 31st minute to increase the lead to 2-0. The Cougars struck again quickly 51 seconds later when Coe scored again to make it a 3-goal advantage before halftime.
In the second half began, the Cougars mounted an assault on goal with a barrage of shots. Coe, junior Angela James, Coe again, and junior Mari Kasamoto all scored goals in less than 5 minutes to extend the lead to 7-0.
Coe’s performance came on the heels of her second career hat trick in the Cougars’ 3-0 win over Chapman. With her back-to-back hat tricks, Coe has moved to within 2 points of the reaching the Cougars’ top 10 all-time scoring leaders. She has 14 points this season.
The Cougars individual record for goals scored in a game is 5, set by Chrissy Sanford against Christian Heritage in 2001.
Freshman Saxony Ifland and junior Julie Fennel both scored in the closing minutes to round out the scoring. It was the first goal of the season for both.
The margin of victory was the largest since Azusa Pacific beat Fresno Pacific 11-0, on Oct. 18, 2001.
The Cougars (3-0) will next take on Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Azusa Square.