Junior Stephanie Bays earned her first-ever NAIA All-American honor today after being named to the second team. She was the lone Azusa Pacific representative.
Just 17 minutes from its sixth straight NAIA semifinal appearance, Azusa Pacific, which had 3 goals disallowed, was stunned and upset as William Jewell stole a 3-2 win from the Cougars.
Santa Barbara was its usual self--bitterly cold in November. Erin Arbizu, on the other had returned to her usual self with a hat-trick as Azusa Pacific cruised to a 4-0 opening round win.
Azusa Pacific, looking for its sixth straight semifinal berth, has learned that it is the No. 3 seed at the 2003 NAIA National Tournament and will play Thursday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m.
Playing without 4 regulars, Azusa Pacific lost 1-0 to Biola in the opening round of the NAIA Region II playoffs, snapping the Cougars' string of 7 straight NAIA regional championship game appearances.
Senior Heather Hannemann, juniors Stephanie Bays and Kelly Goudge and sophomore Shannon Coe were all named to the 2003 All-GSAC team.
Britany Nauchtrieb scored her first goal of the season, and it couldn't have come at a better time than the last second of the game in a 2-1 Azusa Pacific win.
Shannon Coe moved into the Cougar attack and responded with a monster game, scoring a hat-trick and assisting on 2 others in a 5-1 Cougar win over Hope International.
It was supposed to be a showdown between NAIA top 5 teams, but Westmont's Jessica Schoepke turned it into a route with a hat-trick in a 14-minute span for a 3-0 Warrior win.
On an uncharacteristically hot October day, Biola kept Azusa Pacific at an arm's distance for 90 minutes, got a late goal and gave the Cougars their first loss of the season.
For the second time this year, Azusa Pacific erased a late deficit in the final 15 minutes to avoid defeat. This time, the Cougars scored twice to get a 2-1 win over Vanguard.
Azusa Pacific and California Baptist came in as 2 of 3 unbeaten teams in the NAIA. After the No. 1-ranked Cougars' 2-0 win, they joined William Jewell (Mo.) as the only 2 unbeatens remaining.
All-American Erin Arbizu enjoyed a triumphant return, joining Stephanie Bays and Ellen Clark as the trio accounted for all goals and assists in a 4-0 win over Christian Heritage.
Azusa Pacific scored twice late in the first half, then left the rest up to its defense in a 2-0 road win at The Master's.
Ellen Clark scored twice in the first 10 minutes, and Azusa Pacific flexed its top-ranked muscle in a 4-1 win over No. 19 John Brown (Ark.).
Megan Cardin assisted on Azusa Pacific's first goal, then scored the Cougars' third as the NAIA's top-ranked team scooted past Fresno Pacific, 3-0, in Fresno.
Who says there's no drama in in soccer? Azusa Pacific erased a 2-goal deficit with 15 minutes left, getting the tying goal with 27 seconds left from Stephanie Bays escaping with a 2-2 tie with Concordia.
Azusa Pacific, ranked No. 2 in the NAIA, has won the past 3 GSAC titles. The Cougars being their hunt for No. 4 tonight vs. Concordia in both teams' GSAC opener.
Forgive Azusa Pacific if it's a little annoyed. The Cougars assaulted Alliant International's net all afternoon, but struggled to find the net until the 102nd minute, sneaking away with a 1-0 overtime win.
Azusa Pacific has its own goal of winning the NAIA title this year, and the Cougars benefited from an own goal to kickstart their way to a 3-0 win over Cal State L.A tonight in Azusa.
Ellen Clark capped her first-ever start with her first-ever goal, and Erin Arbizu provided the cushion as Azusa Pacific downed Simon Fraser, 2-0, in a battle of NAIA powers.
The NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific played to a scoreless draw today with No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) in both teams' season-opener in Portland.
The 2003 Azusa Pacific women's soccer schedule has been released. The Cougars, who are the NAIA runners-up, are coming off a season in which they won their third straight GSAC title and made their fifth straight NAIA Final Four.