RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- After starting the season with just four wins in its first 20 games, Azusa Pacific has had a run of good form, going 3-2 in the last four days. On Saturday, Azusa Pacific scored four times in the fourth quarter propelling it to a 10-8 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) at the Lancer Aquatics Center. The Cougars later fell to Marist (N.Y.) 13-6.
Following a close loss on Tuesday's home-opener to a ranked Division I program in Wagner, the Cougars have added three more matches into the win column to improve their record to 7-18 this season.
Entering the fourth quarter with St. Francis, the score was knotted at six. Just over a minute into the final period, the Cougars, who had only led for 40 seconds earlier in the match, took a 7-6 lead with a goal from junior Megan Minekime. Sophomore Taylor Whitney then doubled the Cougar lead with another goal on the ensuing possession.
Then with 2:30 left in the match, freshman Alynn Reade scored her second goal of the game, pushing the Cougars' lead to 9-6. The Terriers eventually ended an 11-minute scoring drought with a 6-on-5 goal by Paige Hardy, who scored for the fourth time in the match on the next possession, cutting Azusa Pacific's lead down to 9-8. The Cougars, however, held on for the win as Courtney Folsom tacked on the insurance goal with seven seconds left in regulation.
Jennifer Horchler scored her eighth goal of the season in the first quarter, cutting the Terriers' lead to 2-3 at the end of the opening period. Freshman Breana Echevarria eventually tied the score at four going into halftime with a goal in the final minute of the first half.
The Cougars took their first lead of the game when Reade, who had her second career multi-goal game, scored early in the third quarter. However, the Terriers regained a 6-5 lead with a pair of goals by Palmer and Paige Hardy. Angelina Casteneda eventually brought the match back to a tie before the end of the third quarter with her 10th goal of the season.
The Cougars will host Cal State Monterey Bay on Thursday at Citrus College for a 5 p.m. match, before taking on Chapman on senior day at 11 a.m. on Saturday.