Cougars top Seasiders on second half surge

Cougars top Seasiders on second half surge

AZUSA, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's soccer fell 3-0 to Azusa Pacific University on Thursday at the Cougar Soccer Complex.

Kate Gurney and Natalie Lewis led the Seasiders (5-6-3, 4-3-2 PacWest) with a combined four shots with two on goal. Natalie Reynolds and Michelle Saunders also each had a shot on goal.

BYU-Hawaii totaled seven shots with five on goal while the Cougars (12-2, 8-2 PacWest) had 27 shots with 10 on goal. Haley Fisher and Mayra Almazan combined for 14 shots, and three goals giving the Cougars the offensive spark needed.

The first half was a defensive slugfest between the two squads. Azusa Pacific came out aggressive recording 15 shots. Kelsey East (5-3-2) provided great defense in her net, saving all four of the shots put on frame by the Cougars. Jessica Smith was able to put a shot on goal right before halftime, but it was saved.

Fisher led the offensive attack quickly into the second half when she snuck past the back line of the Seasiders' defense to record her first goal of the game. Shortly after Fisher's goal Almazan took a through ball from Lindsey Ryals to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. Lewis got a shot off to try and counter the Cougars attack but the shot went wide right.

Fisher recorded her 2nd goal of the game putting the ball in the top right corner off a cross. The Seasiders attempted one last attack, but Zoey Bauman was able to secure the victory with two big saves.

BYU-Hawaii will play Point Loma Saturday at 2 p.m. PDT. Live stats will be available online. 

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