LA MIRADA, Calif. – Azusa Pacific water polo took down rival Biola 12-8 on the back of six power-play goals to improve to 6-5 overall on the season. The Cougars drew nine penalties in the game and took advantage of scoring six of nine total power-plays.
Lauren Hoyle and Skylar Ford led the Cougars with five points each on the day as Hoyle scored three times and had two assists while Ford scored twice and had three assists. Milena Guzmán Ortiz also shined as she recorded four drawn exclusions and four goals.
How it Happened: Azusa Pacific went on the power-play just over 20 seconds into the match as Hoyle would be rewarded for drawing the penalty with a goal to open the scoring. Hoyle would double her tally just 30 seconds later which was set up by Brie Erickson to make it 2-0 Cougars.
The Eagles would score three unanswered goals giving them a 3-2 lead heading into the second period. The Cougars went back on the power-play to start the second and Guzmán Ortiz scored her first goal of the game to tie it up at 3-apiece. The Cougars’ leading scorer would tally another before Biola knotted it back up at 4-4.
Turning Point: For the final 6:50 of the second period and the entirety of the third, Azusa Pacific held the Eagles scoreless going on a 6-0 run taking control of the game.
During the run, Guzmán Ortiz tallied her third goal of the game to give her a hat trick before halftime making it 5-4. Before Ford’s first two goals of the game saw the Cougars take a 7-4 lead into halftime, the second coming just before the halftime buzzer. Olivia Lott tallied six of her total nine saves in the game which all came in the scoreless third quarter. The Cougars didn’t score until the 1:44 mark of the third as Hoyle’s third goal of the game made it 8-4. In the final minute, Maritza Ochoa scored her first and only of the game before Guzmán Ortiz capped off the 6-0 run with her fourth goal of the game.
The Eagles would outscore the Cougars 4-2 in the final quarter but it wasn’t enough as Azusa Pacific won 12-8.
Up Next: The Cougars will travel to Tempe, Ariz. this upcoming weekend where they will take part in the Arizona State Cross Conference Challenge. They are set to face Arizona State on Friday, March 11th before taking on Marist and Harvard in a Saturday, March 12th doubleheader. The doubleheader won’t be streamed but visit TheFOSH.net to follow along with live stats. Azusa Pacific’s opening game versus Arizona State will be streamed and you can find the link here.