WHITTIER, Calif.-- Azusa Pacific got goals from six different players and held Whittier to three second half scores to break the Cougars’ eight match losing streak with a 10-6 win. Lora Donaldson, who won all four opening sprints, led the charge with two goals, four steals and an assist, while Brooke Sovick held the Poet offense in check with 10 saves and four steals to go with her two assists.
“It was good to have the ability to come out and score goals. Lora had a good mindset and I was glad to [see her be aggressive] and Brooke had a ton of saves,” said head coach Julie Snodgrass. “It was a good team game. We’ve been working on playing together. It’s good to see them come out and execute the things we've worked on.”
Jennifer Horchler, Megan Minekime, and Gabrielle Kredel each found the back of the net twice in the win, while Taylor Whitney and Allison Gonzales scored once.
The Cougars (8-23) were ejected 11 times but did well in the 6-on-5 game, an area of concern for the team this year, holding Whittier to just two power-play scores in 11 chances while converting 1-of-2 offensively.
In the first quarter Azusa Pacific took a narrow advantage after eight minutes, leading 2-1. In the second the Poets matched the Cougars goal-for-goal, making it a 4-3 contest at the half. But in opening minutes of the third quarter Azusa Pacific surged to an 8-4 lead on three quick scores before putting Whittier away with a three-goal fourth quarter for the team’s eighth win of the season.
Courtney Folsom had one assist and two steals in the match, while fellow freshman Whitney registered three steals. Azusa Pacific coughed it up 17 times, but came away with 13 steals.
The win marks just the second victory in the Cougars' last 16 matches after they went through a gauntlet of a stretch in which they faced six teams ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association coaches poll.
The Cougars now have the tall order of taking on No. 7 (CWPA) Loyola Marymount before traveling to Fresno for the NAIA Invite where they’ll faceoff with California Baptist, Fresno Pacific, Vanguard, and Concordia.