Video Highlights At The End Of The Story
WALNUT, Calif.-- For the first time this year the Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team played host instead of the visitor. But home cooking wouldn’t be enough to help the Cougars in a pair of matches against two of the nation’s best as Azusa Pacific fell to No. 4 (Collegiate Water Polo Association) Arizona State 20-6 before dropping the nightcap to No. 18 Princeton with a 17-7 loss.
Jennifer Horchler and Courtney Folsom each scored four goals on the day to lead the team, while Megan Minekime and Allison Gonzales each had two in the Cougars first two home matches of the season (at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut). Brooke Sovick tallied 12 saves in the loss to the Sun Devils, but gave up the second most goals she allowed this year with 20.
In the opening match the Sun Devils wasted little time getting on the board, notching their first goal at the 6:55 mark. Arizona State (19-3) then rattled off five more scores before Horchler finally gave the home team a goal when she converted a 6-on-5 opportunity. Gonzales got another past the Devils’ keeper for the Cougars 30 seconds later to make it 6-2 in favor of Arizona State.
But from that point on the Sun Devils strung together 10 consecutive goals, spanning more than an entire quarter of play. Minekime eventually ended the skid with 57 seconds left in the third quarter, but then Petra Pardi scored her third goal of the period to make it 17-3 at the break.
After another Arizona State goal Folsom netted her first of three fourth quarter scores, notching a hat trick in the frame as the Cougars (7-17) kept pace with the Sun Devils over the final eight minutes of a 20-6 loss.
In the second match the Tigers (20-3), who lost earlier in the day to Arizona State, opened with nine straight goals, shutting out Azusa Pacific for the first 12 minutes. Folsom gave the Cougars their first score of the contest at 3:34 in the second quarter and Horchler tacked on another one before the half as Azusa Pacific went into the break trailing 11-2.
In the third the Tigers struck first before Minekime scored on a turn-around from two meters. Freshman Taylor Whitney added a goal for the Cougars to cut the deficit to 13-4, but Princeton ran off two more scores before the final break, going into the fourth with a 15-5 lead. The fourth quarter saw Azusa Pacific keep pace with the Tigers as each squad found the back of the net twice. The Cougars got goals from Minekime and Gonzales in the period.
On Friday Azusa Pacific tries to get back in the win column when the team travels to Orange for a 3.p.m match up with Chapman.
Video Highlights (filmed and edited by Rob Small)