BELMONT, Calif. --- It came down to the last minute of the game before California Baptist University could finally find the back of the net as the Lancers defeated Notre Dame de Namur 1-0 Saturday.
CBU improves to 8-4-1 on the season, 8-2 in the PacWest, while the Argonauts fall to 6-8-2 overall, 3-5-2 in conference.
After holding a scoreless first half draw, the Lancers put on the pressure in the second half, limiting NDNU to just two shots while firing off 13 of their own.
"In the second half, it was all us," said head coach Gregg Schroeder. "They were getting tired. We've pushed our guys to be really fit so we kept pressing."
The Lancers had multiple chances to put the ball in the back of the net, including a goal called back due to an offside call, but they could not knock it home.
"They saved one off the line," said Schroeder. "We had three shots sent sailing over the net from six or eight yards out off byline passes. It was frustrating, but I wasn't scared. I told the guys we couldn't afford to give up a goal after missing those chances."
With a minute left on the clock, and desperate to not force a game into all too familiar overtime territory, CBU had a chance to finally break through off a corner kick. Cole Schmit sent a shot on frame off the cross, but NDNU's goalkeeper made one of his 14 saves to keep the ball out of the net, giving up another corner kick in the process.
As the seconds ticked away, the Lancers swung the corner kick from one side of the field to the other where Paul Oliver sent a header back across to the right side. Ike Akubuilo collected the header from about eight yards out and hit it past the goalkeeper into the far netting for the game-winner.
"There are a lot of positives to take away from today," said Schroeder. "It's great to be able to build off games we've fought to the end to get a result."
CBU will look to use the momentum its obtained over the past three victories as it faces a familiar foe in Azusa Pacific on Nov. 2. The two squads faced each other two weeks ago, with the Cougars grabbing a slight 2-1 edge over the Lancers.
"I think the guys are playing extremely well," said Schroeder. "Their movement of the ball, determination and overall performance keeps getting better and better. I'm excited for the APU game. We lost by just one goal so that should be a game we can't wait to play."
The rivalry kicks off at 3:30 p.m. in Azusa to conclude the Lancers' regular season road schedule.