AZUSA, Calif. -- Although Notre Dame de Namur scored late to catch Azusa Pacific, it might not have had the desired effect.
The goal served as a wake up call for an Azusa Pacific offense that had let several scoring chances get away from it. The Cougars regrouped and defeated the Argonauts 2-1.
Despite outplaying the Argonauts throughout much of the game, the Cougars found themselves tied at 1-1 after Erin Morrison cleaned up a loose ball in the box in the 66th minute.
The sudden shift in momentum ignited a response from the Cougars who suddenly began attacking aggressively in the offensive third. Senior forward Shannon Coe scored the game winner, a header into the upper left corner of the frame, off a cross from freshman Saxony Ifland, in the 79th minute lifting Azusa Pacific to a 2-1 win.
The Cougars (4-0) dominated in several key statistic areas which demonstrated their effectiveness in setting themselves up for scores. Azusa Pacific outshot the Argonauts (2-3-1) 21-5, with 12 of those shots on-goal. The Cougars also had 6 corner kicks to Notre Dame de Namur’s 1.
“I asked the girls after the game what we learned,” said head coach Jason Surrell. “We played well in the first half and we were only up 1-0 at halftime. They played well in the second half and got a goal to tie it. We learned that we cannot let up on teams.”
The Cougars opened the scoring when junior Mari Kasamoto blasted home a mishandled ball by the Argonauts’ keeper Candice Schrodetzki. Coe had gotten off a shot that Schrodetzki could not handle cleanly and, when the ball ricocheted away from her several feet, Kasamoto took advantage of the opportunity to make it 1-0.
The contest was a rematch of last season’s Region II title game that the Cougars won 2-0. Azusa Pacific moves to 4-0 overall against Notre Dame de Namur.
The Cougars will take the field again on Saturday, Sept. 17, when they host Holy Names at 3 p.m.