Berry's goal lifts Seasiders over Cougars

Berry's goal lifts Seasiders over Cougars

AZUSA, Calif. – Brody Berry lifted BYU-Hawaii men's soccer to a 1-0 victory over Azusa Pacific on Thursday night at the Cougar Soccer Complex.

The Seasiders (8-7, 6-4 PacWest) were led by Berry's first goal of the season. Matt Roberts, Pawel Dregan and Mason Reid each contributed two shots on the night.

Kaleb Armbrust led the Cougars (3-8-2, 3-6-1 PacWest) with five shots.

Three of BYU-Hawaii's nine shots were on frame and Seasider keeper Mark Stanley (3-2) was able to make the saves on Azusa Pacific's two shots on goal. The physical game resulted in a total of five yellow cards and one red card.

Berry capitalized when he found himself free just outside the 18-yard box and put his shot high into the upper right corner of the net to break the scoreless tie in the 62nd minute. The Seasiders defense held the Cougars to one shot on frame the rest of the way to hold on to the victory.

In the fifth minute, Azusa Pacific's Zach McCollum took the first shot of the game, but it went wide past the post. The game became physical as both teams pressed hard on both sides of the pitch. A yellow card was handed out to each team after an altercation near midlfield in the ninth minute.

Dregan and Steven Rodriguez each took shots within 30 seconds of each other, but neither made contact as they soared past the side of the goal.

After a scramble in the box in the 39th minute, Stanley grabbed the loose ball, but it was ruled an illegal backward pass and the Cougars were awarded a free kick inside the box. John Lee took the shot on the set piece from the top of the 6-yard box, but Stanley and the BYU-Hawaii defense pushed the ball over the net to preserve the scoreless game.

After Berry's goal gave the Seasiders the lead, Roberts had a chance to extend the lead twice, but Jorge Pesquera was able to get his hands on both in the 70th minute and again in the 85th minute.

The high-energy game continued as both teams tried to make shots that were unsuccessful. Continued physical play by both sides peaked on a hard tackle on Jake McRae which resulted in a red card for the Cougars' Javier Chavez in the closing minutes of the match.

The Seasiders wrap up their road trip at Point Loma on Saturday at 2 p.m. PDT. Live stats will be available online.

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