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Pitzer Edges Azusa Pacific

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Megan Minekime found her teammates throughout the match, finishing with four assists.

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April 11, 2012
Chris Baker

CLAREMONT, Calif.-- Pomona-Pitzer scored two fourth quarter goals to edge out Azusa Pacific with a 10-9 win, extending the Cougars’ losing streak to eight games on Wednesday night. The Sagehens, who currently sit atop the SCIAC standings as the top-ranked team in NCAA Div. III, managed to convert just two of their 10 6-on-5 chances but still came away with its second consecutive win over Azusa Pacific.

Freshman Taylor Whitney found the back of the net four times, while fellow first-year player Courtney Folsom tacked on a hat trick with three goals. Megan Minekime scored once and notched four assists before getting majored, while Allison Gonzales recorded two steals prior to leaving the match with three ejections.

“I honestly can say we played well together, we just got two starters majored. We held them to 2-of-10 on man-up chances but just couldn’t come away with the win,” said head coach Julie Snodgrass.

Azusa Pacific (7-23) went into the first break with the match knotted at 3-3, but after getting outscored 4-2 in the second quarter the Cougars found themselves trailing 7-5 at the half. In the third quarter Azusa Pacific took a one-goal lead after recording three scores to the Sagehens’ one, tying the contest at 8-8 with eight minutes to play. But in the fourth Pomona-Pitzer (15-12) tallied two goals to the Cougars’ one to come away with the 10-9 victory.

Jennifer Horchler, who ranks second in the nation in steals (NAIA & NCAA), swiped three more in the loss to put her team-high total at 64 on the season. Brooke Sovick posted 13 saves and an assist, while Gabrielle Kredel finished with a goal and a steal. Lora Donaldson won two sprints, while Folsom drew three ejections.

On Saturday Azusa Pacific will look to break its current skid with a match against another SCIAC opponent as the Cougars take on Whittier on Saturday following their Alumni match at 11 a.m. After that the team has just one more regular season contest left (Loyola Marymount) before traveling to Fresno for four games at the NAIA Invite.