Pacific Downs Brown For First Win
Providence, R.I. – The Pacific Field Hockey team notched its first win of the 2011 season with a 4-3 victory over the Brown Bears Friday, Sept. 9. Freshman Tarah Trotter scored twice, Malia Robertson netted her first goal, and Amanda Spellman put in the game-winner.
Pacific (1-2) took a quick 1-0 lead after Trotter raced past defenders, leaving just the keeper to beat. Once in the circle, she ripped a firm shot past the diving goalie to record her first career collegiate goal.
However, the contest would not be so easy, Brown (1-2) fought back with two goals from forward Meghan O'Donnell, giving the Bears a 2-1 lead heading into the half.
The Orange and Black did not trail for long. Just two minutes into the second half another freshman, Robertson, recorded her first career goal beating the Brown defense to the back left corner of the cage. Robertson 's score came from a loose rebound after the Bears' keeper blocked Jenna Vivian's shot.
The Pacific freshman were not done, as Trotter recorded her second goal of the game after sprinting up the left side, running around the defense and beating the keeper to the back left corner. All game Trotter was unstoppable once alone with the keeper, she commented on the one-on-one situations saying, "all I wanted to do was keep my composure, take a good shot and beat the keeper."
The Bears answered to tie the game 3-3 with just five minutes left in the contest. It seemed the game was destined for overtime, but a new look Pacific offense was relentless in their attack. With just over a minute left in regulation the attacking Tiger offense was rewarded a penalty corner.
The corner led to the game-winning goal after a cross pass from Emily Trudeau reached senior Spellman's stick. Spellman knocked in the crossed ball for her second goal of the season. After the game Spellman was proud of her team's fight saying, "we never stopped believing today. It was all about our perseverance."
Head Coach Linda MacDonald was thrilled with her team's effort saying, "this was the best played offensive game this season because we supported each other as we progressed up the field," adding, "our team really stepped up, especially the freshman. I am proud of the Tigers today."
Pacific field hockey looks to build on its first win as they take on Providence at 9:00 AM PST, Sunday, September 11.