LAIE, Hawaii --- Playing its third game in five days, California Baptist University had to endure its toughest game yet in this four-game swing through the Hawaii.
Even when not at their sharpest though, the Lancers scored early and then burned off the final 87 minutes to snatch away sole possession of first place with a 2-0 road win over previously unbeaten BYU-Hawaii Wednesday afternoon.
"This was our third game in five days, and we were a little tired," said CBU Head Coach Kristen St. Clair. "The players did a good job with their mental fortitude to work through it. They stayed composed and focused and did a great job getting a result."
The win is the Lancers' sixth in a row as they improve to 11-1-1 overall, 7-0-1 (22 points) PacWest. They now lead second-place Hawaii Pacific by five points with four games left.
BYU-Hawaii takes its first loss, dropping to 8-1-1, 5-1-1 (16 points).
Despite getting outshot 15-5 the Lancers were efficient. They had just one shot in the first half, and they converted it on da Silva's penalty kick just 2:08 into the game.
Then, they burned off the final 87 minutes.
"The back four and (goalkeeper) Nicoline (Jorgensen) did a fantastic job in keeping the game predictable," said St. Clair. "We made them play in the space we wanted them to play in and maintained our shape. Defensively, I was very impressed with our effort."
Jorgensen made all six of her saves in the second half in getting the Lancers' ninth shutout in 13 games this season. It is the third highest single-season total in program history.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Lancers got an insurance goal in the 82nd minute on Nicassio's 11th goal of the season and 45th of her career, bringing her to within three of the program's career record. Eva Solis had the assist.
"To be able to play through the fatigue and get the second goal was big," said St. Clair. "It wasn't an easy result to get against a good team on the road."