RIVERSIDE, Calif.-- The Cougar women’s water polo team continued its demanding schedule on Friday in day one of the Lancer Invitational in Riverside. Azusa Pacific, which has already faced three teams ranked inside the CWPA Top-25, squared off with another pair of ranked opponents, falling 11-3 to No. 23 California Baptist, before losing to the second ranked team in the nation, USC, 29-4 for the team’s 10th consecutive loss.
Angelina Castaneda led Azusa pacific with three goals on the day, while Lora Donaldson finished with two goals. Courtney Folsom and Taylor Whitney each chipped in with a score against the Trojans.
In the match against the Lancers the Cougars struggled to take advantage of their 6-on-5 opportunities, failing to convert any of their 15 chances in a match that was closer than the final score indicated. Azusa Pacific blocked a pair of 5-meter shots, and Jessica Armagost tallied four saves in the defeat.
The Cougars struck first with a goal from Donaldson a little over a minute into the game. CBU, however, responded with five straight goals to take a 5-1 edge into the half. The Cougars tabbed two third quarter scores to make it a 7-3 contest, but the Lancers closed the game on a 4-0 run to notch their first win of the season.
Azusa Pacific found itself in an early hole against the second-ranked Trojans, trailing 10-0 before Folsom got the Cougars on the board early in the second quarter. Later in the frame Whitney found the back of the net to make it an 18-2 match at the half. In the third USC rattled off eight unanswered goals, and stretched the run to 11 before Castaneda posted her first of two fourth quarter goals.
The Cougars (1-10) will return to the pool for day two of the invite where they’ll face Occidental following an exhibition with the Renegades, a Canadian club team.