BELMONT, Calif. --- California Baptist University's streak as the top PacWest team continued Saturday as CBU dominated a 6-0 victory over Notre Dame de Namur.
"It's really exciting to have five different scorers and have five different people assist," said head coach Kristen St. Clair. "It was a complete team effort. We did a great job executing and performing for 90 minutes."
CBU now sits 10-4 overall, 9-1 in conference, and has not conceded a goal since a 1-0 loss to Fresno Pacific back on Sept. 25. The Lancers have also caught fire offensively since the loss, outscoring their opponents 31-0 en route to holding a seven-game winning streak.
NDNU falls to 5-10-1 on the season, 3-6-1 in the PacWest, with the defeat.
From the get-go, the Lancers were poised on the attack and fired off a shot on goal in the first minute of action off a look from Kimberly Allard. The Argonauts' goalkeeper made the save, giving up a corner in the process, and Kelly Jenks got another good look for CBU off a header, but couldn't keep it down as it hit the crossbar.
"We had really good chances in first 10 minutes," said St. Clair. "We hit the bar twice, but girls did a good job settling down to continue connecting and execute. They were rewarded for their hardwork."
The Lancers struck gold in the 24th minute after Allard played a ball to the middle to connect with Jenks. Despite NDNU's goalkeeping efforts, Jenks slipped it past her to give CBU a 1-0 lead.
Four minutes later, the Lancers capitalized again after the Argonauts committed a foul. Sylvia Sanchez sent in the long ball, finding Bernadette Witz's head to extend the Lancers lead to two goals.
With still time left in the first half, the Lancers snuck in another goal five minutes before the break to hold a 3-0 advantage at halftime. Tambrie Awai took a shot on goal, but NDNU's goalkeeper couldn't hold onto the shot, allowing Jasmine Stokes to tuck away the rebound.
CBU stayed hot offensively in the second half, scoring the fourth goal of the day two minutes into the half. Jenks sent a corner kick into the 18-yard box to find Kitra Walters who rocketed it into the upper netting.
Holding a 4-0 lead wasn't enough for the Lancers to pack it in yet, as the Witz sisters combined to find the fifth goal. Rachel Witz played her older sister a through ball, putting Bernadette Witz in behind one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The senior Witz kept her composure and placed the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the day.
The younger Witz would get her chance on the other side of a through ball eight minutes later as Lauren Wallberg led her with a weighted pass. Rachel Witz collected the ball and tucked it home to give the Lancers a staggering 6-0 lead.
Despite trailing 6-0, the Argonauts got their best chance of the day in the 83rd minute to force CBU goalkeeper Rosie Nakata to make a crucial save--one of four on the day.
"Rosie had a fantastic full extension save to keep the shutout," said St. Clair. "They got off a shot and she took one step and flew to parry the ball around the post. The shot was going in. It was their only real threat. Our defense did good job and Rosie did a good job to get the shutout."
The Lancers return to Southern California, but continue on the road as they take on a tough opponent in Azusa Pacific. Each team boasts a seven-game win streak, battling out for the top spot in the PacWest.
"It was a good win for us today," said St. Clair. "We’re trying to focus one game at a time. We’ll enjoy this tonight and get back to work Monday to prepare for APU. APU is a good team, it’ll be a good challenge for us, but we always focus on taking the momentum from one game to the next and approach each game the same. We’re just going to focus on things we can control, like our execution and performance."
The rivals square off on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Azusa.