Haywayd, Calif.--Azusa Pacific registered its second best offensive output, but unfortunately had its worst defensive showing as Cal Stat East Bay defeated the Cougars 21-9 on Friday afternoon. After a close opening quarter in which the Cougars (2-2) trailed 5-4, the Pioneers erupted with an eight goal second period, and never looked back.
Despite the loss, the Cougars had five different players get on the score sheet, including two three-goal performances from juniors Gabrielle Kredel and Jennifer Horchler.
Freshman Lora Donaldson, who won three sprints, notched a goal while junior Alison Gonzalez and sophomore Megan Minekime each found the back of the net in the match. Cal State East Bay, which finished a program-best fourth in last year’s WWPA tournament, had three goalies combine for 17 saves on the afternoon. The Cougars combined for 21 shots, led by freshman Courtney Folsom with six, but struggled to get it past the Pioneers’ trio of keepers.
Azusa Pacific will regroup and head to the pool Saturday morning in Stockton, Calif., to face off against a pair of NCAA Div. I opponents. The team plays Wagner (N.Y.) at 10 a.m., and the University of Pacific at 4:30 p.m.at the Pacific Invitational.