LA JOLLA, Calif.-- Azusa Pacific suffered a pair of losses on day one of the UCSD Mini Tournament, falling to NCAA Div. I Brown 15-4, before losing to Fresno Pacific 7-6 after giving up a late one-goal lead. In the first match Brown used a quartet of hat tricks to down the Cougars before Azusa Pacific lost yet another heart breaker against Fresno Pacific in the second.
Taylor Whitney scored a team-high five goals on the day, while Jennifer Horchler finished with three goals, four assists, and five steals between the two matches.
In game one Brown (13-10) took a 9-0 lead into half time before Horchler finally put the Cougars on the board to open the third quarter. Minutes later Courtney Folsom notched her first goal of the afternoon before Whitney found the back of the net to make it a 13-3 contest. In the fourth Brown put the Cougars away with two more goals to come away with a 15-4 win.
Megan Minekime drew a match-high seven ejections, but the Cougars converted on just one of their nine 6-on-5 shots.
In game two the Cougars took a 2-0 lead after a pair of first quarter goals from Whitney. But the Sunbirds found the back of the net with 1:37 on the clock to make it 2-1 heading to the first break. Horchler put Azusa Pacific ahead 3-1 a minute into the second quarter before Fresno Pacific closed the half with a goal, which opened a 4-0 run. In the third quarter the Sunbirds shut out the Cougars and took a 4-3 edge into the fourth.
Fresno Pacific grabbed its biggest lead of the game with RaeAnn Sadler’s first goal, making it 5-3 early in the 4th. Whitney broke the spree before Lora Donaldson knotted it at 5-5. Azusa Pacific took a 6-5 advantage over the Sunbirds on Whitney’s fourth goal of the match with 1:32 left to play. But Fresno Pacific (5-21) responded with two late scores to come away with the victory.
Brooke Sovick finished with 10 saves in the match, while Whitney had a game-high four scores and four steals. The Cougars made just one of their seven 6-on-5 shots against a team they beat 8-4 in the season opener.
Azusa Pacific continues its play at the mini tournament tomorrow with a contest against host UC San Diego at 11:30 a.m.