19 Sep Four Good Measure – Azusa Pacific University Athletics
AZUSA Calif. — The Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team defeated Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday evening by a score of 1-0. With their fourth straight win, this improves the team’s record to 5-1 on the season.
Ella Romero scored her first goal of the year and seventh of her career, while Bethany Tee and Maddy Morrison each collected their third assists for the year on the Cougars’ lone goal. Amy Bishop, Mackenzie Coleman and Gianna Ocello each played the full 90 minutes to keep the team’s third clean sheet of the season.
How it Happened: The first half ended in an even draw for the Cougars and Golden Eagles with both teams seeing few opportunities to score. The Cougars carried possession for 68% of the game and although spent most of their time putting pressure on Cal State Los Angeles’ half of the field, they could not find the back of the net.
Head coach Brooke Lincoln and her squad showed up in the last 45 minutes, when an opportunity arose just outside the box. Morrison headed the ball off to Tee who passed the ball back to set up Romero. Romero delivered by placing the ball over a jumping Cal State Los Angeles goalkeeper and into the back of the net in the 47th minute of action. With over 40 minutes remaining, the Cougars were consistent with holding possession and challenging the Golden Eagles. Another chance came for the Cougars late in the second half when Tee found an opportunity to shoot outside the box, but the ball hit off the crossbar.
“The girls made a couple of adjustments and that’s all it took tonight,” Lincoln said, “Tonight is the most complete game we’ve played so far, we played 85 minutes of quality soccer, so that was exciting to see.”
The Azusa Pacific squad outshot Cal State Los Angeles by 11 in the match and the Cougars backline anchored the team while only allowing the Golden Eagles one shot on goal. So far, the Cougars are averaging 2.1 goals per game while holding their opponents to just .67 per game.
Up Next: The Cougars will face No. 12 ranked Sonoma State on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00PM at the Cougar Soccer Complex. “We’re super excited about Sonoma coming in,” Lincoln said, “We’re looking forward to the challenge and we’re going to go back out to the training field Monday and do the same thing we’ve done as we prepare for every other team.”
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