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February 4, 2012
Chris Baker

Box Score-Match One

Box Score-Match Two

STOCKTON, Calif.-- It’ll be a road trip Azusa Pacific will soon forget. The Cougars, who lost to Cal State East Bay 21-9 last night, dropped a pair of matches by a combined 17 goals against two NCAA Div. I opponents at the Pacific Invitational.

In the first match the Cougars (2-4) fell 13-5 to Wagner (N.Y.), and followed that up with a 15-6 loss by the hands of tournament host Pacific. Jennifer Horchler and Courtney Folsom each scored three goals on the day, while Megan Minekime and Taylor Whitney finished with two apiece.

In the opening match Minekime gave the Cougars a brief 1-0 edge after a minute and a half of play, but the Seahawks responded with three straight scores to take the lead for good. Horchler kept it close early, finding the back of the net with 46 seconds to play in the first quarter to keep it at 3-2, but Wagner was able to put another one on the board to take a 4-2 advantage into the first break.

In the second quarter the Seahawks outscored the Cougars 5-2 and led 9-4 at halftime. In the second half Azusa Pacific posted just one goal, a Folsom score with 5:09 to play, before falling 13-5 in the opener. Brooke Sovick registered seven saves in the match while Gabby Kredel notched a goal.

In the second match Pacific jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and held Azusa Pacific scoreless in the first quarter. The Cougars got on the board a minute into the second quarter when Whitney beat Pacific’s Michele Renton for the score. After two more Tiger goals Folsom gave Azusa Pacific another score, but the Cougars still trailed 7-2.

After another run by Pacific, this time a four-goal spree, Folsom nabbed her second goal of the contest, a 6-on-5 score with 2:36 to go in the third quarter. Azusa pacific was able to add another 6-on-5 goal in the fourth quarter before the Tigers posted a 15-6 win to move to 3-2 on the year.