The men’s Azusa Pacific soccer team came out a winner Saturday afternoon over Notre Dame de Namur, 2-1.
Sophomore Luke Ackermann sparked the momentum for the game by scoring a goal in the 21st minute from 10 yards out, with an assist from Dane Johnson.
“The first goal definitely gave us our first boost and from then on, we just kept going,” Ackermann said.
Junior forward Keyran Kelly scored the second goal at 66:05. Notre Dame got its only goal at 81:39.
“Our attacking movements were the best of the whole year,” head coach Dave Blomquist said. “We were dynamic moving forward, taking all the opportunities.”
The women’s soccer team had a 5-0 shutout against Notre Dame. Senior forward Alyx Williams scored a goal in the fifth minute. Katelyn Rogers then kicked the second goal of the day within five minutes of Williams’ goal with an assist from Mayra Almazan.
The Cougars continued to attack and maintain chemistry on the field, and, at 20:20, Lindsey Ryals blasted a perfect shot unassisted from 25 yards out.
“I just had to keep composed and make sure I was calm before I shot it,” Ryals said.
Senior Shannon Hardy scored the fourth goal at 42:52 with an assist by Haley Fisher, and Almazan kicked the fifth and last goal.
“We have a good balance,” head coach Jason Surrell said.
Both teams will face Dixie State Oct. 23. Men’s soccer will face Dixie State at 5:30 p.m. and the women’s team will play at 8 p.m.