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Stirm celebrates his first goal less than two minutes in.

Stirm continues domination at Nationals 11/19

Third ranked Azusa Pacific Traveled to Olathe, Kansas to try it's luck in the NAIA National Championships.  Just the second time APU has reached the Nat'l playoffs, APU will look to take home it's first ever Men's Soccer National title.

First Team ALL-GSAC and former VC star player Brandon Stirm, picked up right where he left off scoring two goals in the Cougars opening match vs. #15 Mobile.  His first goal coming in the 2nd minute staked APU to a 1-0 lead. His second, APU's 4th of the game, was of the breathtaking variety. "I just hit it first time with my left...it went upper-v.  It was so incredible to score in this tournament!" said Stirm on the phone minutes after the game.

On the APU website, they had a few more quotes on the game. “This is the biggest game of my life and to walk away with the win is just incredible,” said Stirm. “I can’t explain just how excited I am. That second goal is probably the best goal I’ve ever hit.”

“That kid (Stirm) is unbelievable. He is such a pure ball-striker,” said Wolf (APU's head coach). “If he can wrap his foot around it, you know it’s going to be on frame and with pace. That last goal was an absolute cracker. For him to do this on this stage is unreal.

The goals were his 6th and 7th to go with 9 assists, which led the team.

APU will face #1 Lindsey Wilson on Saturday the 20th in Kansas.  It's a win or go home situation, and APU has what it takes to get it done.  Check back at vcsoccer.com for the update tomorrow.

Stirm, the former VC star was interviewed a while back by vcsoccer.com, read it here.



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