Los Angeles Soccer: NAIA Championships
Sun scored twice in the first 20 minutes as the second-seeded Cougars (15-2-2) romped to a 4-0 quarterfinal victory over Mobile, Ala. (19-4-1) in Decatur, Ala., to set up a rematch with three-time defending champion Lee (21-2-0).
“We looked strong from start to finish,” APU coach Jason Surrell told his school's athletics website. “Conditions were better today and had good team defending again. We were solid and helped when we needed to.”
Sun also assisted a Heidi Witschi goal, and Molly Lavin also tallied for APU, which held a 13-0 shot advantage over Mobile's high-powered attack, which came in averaging 2.91 goals per game.
“We had a game plan going in. We knew their forwards were really good in the air, so we just kept that in mind and worked together as a team,” sophomore defender Danielle Ross said. “Our goal every game is to get a shutout and give up as few shots on goal as possible.”
Third-seeded Lee, from Cleveland, Tenn., advanced to the final four with a 2-0 win over Embry-Riddle, Fla. The Flames beat Azusa Pacific, 1-0, in last year's semifinals, but the Cougars won a rematch, 2-1, in Portland, Ore., in late August.
The Cougars (13-4-3) were down by two goals before halftime, then tightened their defense and dictated play the final 45 minutes. A late goal by Jeremy Bishop (Glendora/Glendora HS), with three minutes to play, was all they could get.
Dasan Rasovic scored in the 14th minute and Scott Parkinson in the 36th for Science & Arts, which took 13 first-half shots but only three after halftime.
The Drovers (18-4-0) will face No. 1 Hastings, Neb. (22-1-0) in a quarterfinal Wednesday, a rematch of a 2009 first-round game won by Hastings. USAO reached the quarterfinals last season.
Brittany Flanagan scored one goal and set up another Thursday as third-seeded Azusa Pacific romped into a semifinal showdown with two-time defending champion Lee University by dominating Golden State Athletic Conference rival Cal Baptist, 3-0, in the NAIA women's tournament in Decatur, Ala.
Flanagan fed Kelsey Walker in the 23rd minute, then scored off a free kick in the 70th for the Cougars (19-1-2), who are making their ninth trip to the final four and seeking their second national title. APU won the NAIA title in 1998 and was runner-up in 2002, 2006 and 2007.
Jacqueline Conforto also tallied for Azusa Pacific, which takes a nine-game winning streak -- seven by shutout -- into Friday's semifinal with second-seeded Lee (20-2-1), from Cleveland, Tenn. The Cougars won a Sept. 18 meeting in Tennessee, 2-1.
Cal Baptist, from Riverside, finishes 15-6-2.
The other Golden State Athletic Conference team in action, Costa Mesa's Vanguard, failed to move on at the NAIA men's championship, losing to unbeaten Notre Dame College of South Euclid, Ohio, 2-1, in Orange Beach, Ala.
Two more local teams are in action Tuesday, with Riverside's Cal Baptist taking on Santa Clarita's The Master's College in a women's second-rounder.