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Clean Sweep

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Taylor Whitney finished with five goals, three assists, and four steals in wins over Occidental and CSUSB.

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Published
February 11, 2012
By
Chris Baker

LOS ANGELES, Calif.-- Riding a three-match losing streak, and coming off an 0-2 trip to the Pacific Invitational, the Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team registered a sweep on Saturday afternoon, defeating Occidental and Cal State San Bernardino to even its record at 4-4.

The Cougars, who were outscored 49-20 last weekend, posted a 10-7 win over the reigning NCAA Div. III co-champions, Occidental, before exploding for 16 goals in a 16-11 win over Cal State San Bernardino at Occidental College.

“It was a good day overall,” said head coach Julie Snodgrass. “Our young team came together and made it happen. It was good to even up the record and have everyone play.”

Freshman driver Courtney Folsom scored eight goals, six against the Coyotes, while junior Jennifer Horchler and freshman Taylor Whitney each found the back of the net five times on the day.

In the opening match against the Tigers four Cougars had multi-goal performances. Horchler scored three times to lead the team, while the freshman trio of Lora Donaldson, Whitney, and Folsom tallied two goals each. The freshmen also combined for six steals, and Donaldson won three sprints.

Keeper Brooke Sovick, who notched a goal, limited Occidental to just seven scores to finish with 15 saves in the opening game.

In the second match each player tallied time as Azusa Pacific had little trouble with the Coyotes. Folsom recorded a season-high six goals and Gabrielle Kredel registered a Cougar season-best five assists to go with her two goals and a steal. Sovick and Jessica Armagost split time in the cage, with Armagost posting six saves while allowing just three scores.

Daniella Khatchetourian and Kaylee Pettengill scored in the match, and Horchler finished with three steals to give Azusa Pacific a 16-11 win.

The Cougars will face CSUSB again on Friday at 9 a.m. on day one of the Lancer Invitational at California Baptist before playing against Concordia at 4:30 p.m.