California Baptist, Azusa Pacific share 1st place; Grand Canyon, PLNU waiting in wings

Tiffany Kracy PHOENIX, Ariz. - The chase for the Pacific West Conference women's soccer title continues to be an open battle with four teams still having only one or two losses.

Defending champion California Baptist is tied in the point standings with Azusa Pacific at 27, while Grand Canyon is third with 26 and Point Loma fourth at 22.

California Baptist (8-1) now has won seven consecutive matches after shutting out Notre Dame de Namur 2-0 on Thursday, Oct. 18, and Dominican 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Both matches were on the road in Northern California. Bernadette Witz – the PacWest Player of the Week - continued her scoring barrage as she was credited with all three goals for the Lancers during the week.

Azusa Pacific (8-2) kept pace by running its winning streak to seven straight. Emily Wood had a goal and an assist in the Cougars 2-1 win at Fresno Pacific on Thursday,, Oct. 18, while Natalie Sun kicked in the game-winner in a 1-0 victory at NDNU on Saturday.

Grand Canyon (8-1-2) won its sixth in a row with consecutive victories over Dixie State.

The 'Lopes, who are very close to securing the conference automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament, edged the Red Storm 2-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in St. George.

Michelle Weiland Then, on Saturday night, Oct. 20, in Phoenix, Jessica Lincoln had two goals and Jessica Fitzgerald had a goal and an assist in GCU's 4-2 victory.

Point Loma (7-1-1) played out of conference this week, blanking Cal State San Marcos 2-0.  Fresno Pacific (5-3-3) lost to Azusa Pacific but rebounded with a 2-0 victory over Academy of Art.

Three other teams - Dixie State (6-5), BYU-Hawaii (5-3-2), and Dominican (5-4) are still mathematically alive for the conference automatic berth, but their hopes are dimming.

Dixie State fell twice to Grand Canyon, while BYU-Hawaii beat Hawai'i Hilo 3-2 and tied Hawai'i Pacific 2-2 in double-overtime.

Dominican bounced Art U 1-0 before falling to California Baptist by the same score.

The key contests this week include:

  • Point Loma at Azusa Pacific - Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • Grand Canyon at Point Loma – Thursday, Oct. 25
  • Dixie State at California Baptist - Thursday, Oct. 25
  • Dominican at Chaminade – Friday, Oct. 26
  • Fresno Pacific at Holy Names – Saturday, Oct. 27
  • Dixie State at Azusa Pacific – Saturday, Oct. 27
  • Grand Canyon at California Baptist – Saturday, Oct. 27
  • BYU-Hawaii at Hawai'i Hilo – Saturday, Oct. 27