Green scores in fourth consecutive game, but Cougars top Seasiders late

Green scores in fourth consecutive game, but Cougars top Seasiders late

LAIE, Hawaii – Jace Green scored in his fourth consecutive game, but BYU-Hawaii men's soccer fell 3-2 to Azusa Pacific on Saturday afternoon at the BYU-Hawaii soccer fields.

"It's hard to play four games in seven days," said Head coach Mark Davis. "We started off great. We went up on what is probably one of the best goals of the season by Jace Green. We thought that everything was going our way, but we had some communication breakdown in the back and Azusa Pacific was able to sneak one past us."

Green's goal was also his fifth goal in four games and he added an assist on the first goal of the day.

With four minutes left in the game, Luke Ackermann found Colton Lamb who found the back of the net and gave the Cougars (7-2-0, 4-1-0 PacWest) the decisive 3-2 lead.

BYU-Hawaii (4-5-3, 4-1-1 PacWest) dominated the pitch at the beginning of the game as Romy Lakip put the ball at Green's feet in the box for a cross to find Zak Epplette who put it inside Azusa Pacific's  back post fifty seconds into the game.

In the eighth minute, the Cougar's tied things up with a cross to the back post of their own to find Jeremy Bishop who was able to sneak the ball in front of keeper Chris Pineda.

BYU-Hawaii retaliated two minutes later as Green weaved around two Azusa Pacific defenders and sent a laser off the post from 25 yards out to find the back of the net making it a 2-1 lead in favor of the Seasiders.

Azusa Pacific came back again using a header on a bouncing ball in the box that found the back of the Seasider net in the 39th minute to send the game into the second half on a 2-2 tie.

The first 41 minutes of the second half remained scoreless as both team fought or possession with neither team gaining much advantage.

The Seasiders had a great opportunity to score as a pass from David Urbina found Pawel Dregan who beat two Cougars, but wasn't able to finish.

BYU-Hawaii faces Hawaii Pacific at 12:30 pm HST at the Atherton Soccer field. Live stats will be available online.

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