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February 24, 2011
Chris Duke

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific snapped a 3-game losing streak with a program-record offensive explosion, tying the Cougars’ single-game scoring record in a 16-4 blowout victory over Vanguard University Thursday night at the Costa Mesa High School Aquatics Center.

The 16-goal performance tied the record set last year in a 16-15 overtime win over Whittier, and the 12-goal margin of victory was also a program-record for the largest winning margin in the program’s 3-year history. The previous win margin record was 8 goals, also set last year in a 14-6 road win over Chapman.

The win was the Cougars’ second in a row against an NAIA opponent, and it leveled Azusa Pacific’s record against NAIA competition this season to 2-2.

A trio of players led the offensive explosion with 3 goals each, starting with first-quarter goals from freshman Alyssa Hess and junior Rebecca Edwards. Hess broke an early 1-1 tie with her first goal, and Edwards scored the final first-quarter goal to give the Cougars a 4-1 lead. Freshman Angelina Castaneda also scored 3, capping a 6-0 run with her first goal of the game with 3 minutes left in the second quarter.

Senior goalie Shannon Oliphant only allowed one goal in each quarter and finished with 9 saves, posting 5 of those in the third quarter.

Senior Ivonne Garcia scored the first goal of the game 3 minutes into the first quarter, adding another first-quarter goal to join 4 other Cougars with at least 2 goals in the game. Junior Jamie Baumler scored twice in the third quarter to join the other multiple-goal scorers.

Following the big win over Vanguard, the Cougars improve to 2-7 on the season heading into a pair of games this Saturday at Redlands. Azusa Pacific takes on host Redlands at 9 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. matchup with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.