A fantastic 2006 season was capped by Azusa Pacific placing an all-time program record 6 players on the NAIA Women's Soccer All-America team, including 3 first-teamers and repeat honoree Jill Colfer.
Soccer can be a cruel game, and after 3 sudden-death overtime periods failed to separate top-seeded Azusa Pacific and No. 2-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) from a 1-1 tie, a rocket off the foot of Kristine Pedersen at the 122-minute mark dashed the Cougars’ title hopes in an instant in the championship game of the 2006 NAIA Women’s Soccer Championship.
Like their male colleagues, the Azusa Pacific women will play for the national championship after the Cougars posted a 3-1 victory over Concordia (Ore.) in the semifinals of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Championship.
Is there any better way for a senior to bow out of her career? For Taryn Apo, getting a national championship is the only way, but right behind it would be her other favorite team, the Cougar men, joining her with the bagging of a banner.
Senior Taryn Apo discusses the Cougars' activities in preparation for the Cougars' third meeting with Westmont in the NAIA quarterfinal 1-0 victory Saturday afternoon in Olathe, Kan.
Junior Randie Massro's 62nd-minute header off a free kick provided the difference for the NAIA's top-seeded Azusa Pacific in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over No. 8 seed Westmont in the NAIA Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals Saturday afternoon in Olathe, Kan.
No. 1-seeded Azusa Pacific posted a 3-0 victory over No. 16 Tiffin (Ohio) to advance to the quarterfinals at the 2006 NAIA Women's Soccer Championship in Olathe, Kan. Sarah Yoro, Jolie Nitta and Theresa Broad scored goals to lead the Cougars to the win.
Ever wonder what it's like to have the target on your back as the top-ranked and top-seeded team at a national tournament?
The NAIA's top-ranked and tournament No. 1 seed Azusa Pacific opens its ninth straight NAIA Tournament with No. 16 seed Tiffin (Ohio), which defeated Virginia Intermont in first-round action Wednesday afternoon in Olathe, Kan.
The NAIA's top-ranked Azusa Pacific scored its first 2 goals less than a minute apart to spark a 4-0 victory over No. 16-ranked Vanguard in the NAIA Region II championship Tuesday afternoon at Azusa Square, sending the Cougars to the NAIA Tournament in Olathe, Kan., with the region's automatic bid.
Check out additional photos from Azusa Pacific's 3-0 win over Tiffin (Ohio) in the Cougars' opening game of the 2006 NAIA Women's Soccer Championship in Olathe, Kan.
The NAIA's top-ranked Azusa Pacific avenged its only regular-season loss, a 1-0 regular-season defeat to No. 11-ranked Westmont, with a 5-1 rout of the Warriors Friday afternoon in Azusa in the semifinals of the NAIA Region II Playoffs.
Freshman All-GSAC forward Theresa Broad tallied a hat trick, and the NAIA's top-ranked Azusa Pacific scored 3 of its 4 goals off headers in a 4-0 win over Menlo in the first round of the NAIA Region II Playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Azusa Square. The win sets up a 1 p.m. rematch Friday afternoon at Azusa Square with No. 7-ranked Westmont, the only team to defeat the 16-1 Cougars this season.
Senior defender Julie Fletcher and head coach Jason Surrell were named GSAC Player and Coach of the Year in the first set of postseason honors announced today for the NAIA’s top-ranked Azusa Pacific, and 5 other Cougars joined Fletcher on the All-GSAC team.
After claiming its sixth Golden State Athletic Conference title in the past 9 years, the NAIA's top-ranked Azusa Pacific earned the top seed in the upcoming NAIA Region II Women's Soccer Playoffs. The Cougars kick off the postseason when they host Menlo on Tue., Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. at Azusa Square.
Senior Jolie Nitta scored on a first-half free kick to spark the NAIA's top-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 3-0 win over Concordia Thursday afternoon in Irvine, giving the Cougars their fourth straight shutout and back-to-back GSAC championships.
Senior Jolie Nitta scored midway through the first half, and the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific tacked on 3 more in the second half to cruise to a 4-0 win over Fresno Pacific in the final home game for Nitta and 6 other seniors Tuesday afternoon at Azusa Square.
Freshman Theresa Broad followed up her first collegiate hat-trick with a pair of second-half goals to help lift the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 3-0 road victory over San Diego Christian Saturday afternoon in El Cajon.
Freshman Theresa Broad tallied her first collegiate hat-trick and single-handedly led the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 4-0 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over The Master's.
The NAIA's No. 2-ranked and defending GSAC champion Azusa Pacific took its rightful place at the top of the conference standings, moving into a first-place tie with Point Loma Nazarene with a 4-1 victory over the No. 7-ranked Sea Lions Saturday afternoon at Azusa Square.
Sophomore Karen Lawrence's 30-yard free kick just over 6 minutes into overtime gave the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific the "golden goal" it needed to defeat No. 25-ranked Vanguard, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in Azusa.
Senior Julie Fletcher played long clearances over the top that resulted in a pair of second-half goals, including sophomore Bridget Brotherton's game-winner with less than 4 minutes to play in regulation, giving the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific a 2-1 road win over No. 9-ranked California Baptist.
Brianna Russo's goal with just 39 seconds left in regulation lifted the NAIA's No. 8-ranked Westmont to a stunning upset of No. 2 Azusa Pacific, which had controlled play throughout much of the game.
Bridget Brotherton and Theresa Broad scored 2 goals apiece to lead the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to its first win over Biola in 4 years with a convincing 5-0 decision.
Sophomore Bridget Brotherton and freshman Theresa Broad each found the back of the net for the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific in the final 4 minutes to hand No. 4-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) a stunning 2-1 defeat Saturday afternoon.
Senior Jolie Nitta scored with less than 4 minutes remaining in the final overtime, lifting the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 3-2 road victory over No. 6-ranked Lee (Tenn.) at the Lady Flames Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.
Sophomore Bridget Brotherton scored 2 goals to lead the NAIA's No. 4-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 2-0 victory over No. 9-ranked Carroll (Mont.), the Cougars' first contest against an NAIA-ranked opponent.
Azusa Pacific head coach Jason Surrell earned his 100th career coaching win in his 127th game as Cougar head coach, becoming the second-fastest coach in NAIA history to reach the milestone. The NAIA's No. 4-ranked Cougars scored pairs of goals in the first 20 minutes of each half and cruised to a 4-1 nonconference victory over San Diego Christian.
The NAIA's No. 5-ranked Azusa Pacific registered its second shutout in as many days, and a 38-2 shots advantage allowed the Cougars to cruise to a 4-0 victory over Hastings (Neb.) heading into a nearly 2-week layoff from game action.
Azusa Pacific posted its first shutout of 2006, and freshman Teresa Broad's early goal was all the NAIA's No. 5-ranked Cougars needed to post a 1-0 victory over Bellevue (Neb.) Friday afternoon in San Diego.
Finding the back of the net won't come easy for the opposition of the NAIA's No. 5-ranked Azusa Pacific, which has surrendered a total of just 18 goals over the past 2 seasons. A central nucleus returns to lead the Cougars into the 2006 campaign.