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REDLANDS, Calif.-- It was only a matter of time before Azusa Pacific would string together four complete quarters, and after today’s split, the Cougars are thrilled that the waiting game is over. Azusa Pacific, which dropped a 14-8 decision to Iona (N.Y.) this morning, came back strong with a 17-5 win over NCAA Div. I Virginia Military Institute to end an otherwise disappointing trip to the Lancer Invitational on a high note.
The Cougars snapped a five-match losing streak with the win and finished 1-3 on the weekend.
“It was much needed, especially going into next week when we host Arizona State and Princeton,” said head coach Julie Snodgrass. “It was good to have people step up and take shots...it just feels good to win. It took a while, but we’re getting there.”
In the victory Megan Minekime paced the Cougars with six goals and four assists, while Taylor Whitney found the back of the net four times against the Keydet defense. Daniella Khatchetourian tallied three scores and three assists to go with six drawn ejections while Brooke Sovick posted 13 saves. 11 players registered time in the match and seven of them scored.
In the morning contest the Iona Gaels overwhelmed the Cougar defense and drew six ejections which led to six 6-on-5 goals. Iona jumped out to a 6-1 lead at the break and added six scores in the third quarter to put Azusa Pacific away with a 14-8 win.
Jennifer Horchler had a game-high six steals and tallied two goals. Minekime dished out three assists, while Lora Donaldsonand Gabrielle Kredel each scored twice. Freshman Courtney Folsom had one goal, one assist, and drew one ejection in the loss, and Whitney finished with a score, two assists, and a steal.
On Tuesday the Cougars play two more NCAA Div. I opponents, hosting Arizona State and Princeton at Mt. SAC in Walnut. The Sun Devils and Tigers will square off at 3:00 p.m. before the Cougars face the nation’s 4th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (CWPA) at 4:15. The nightcap starts at 7:15 when Azusa Pacific plays 18th ranked Princeton. The two matches are the Cougars’ only home games this season.