Tigers Battle But Drop Contest To No. 12 California
Berkeley, Calif. – The Pacific Field Hockey team resumed NorPac Conference play Sunday, Sept. 25 against the California Golden Bears. The Tigers dropped the contest 4-0 to the No. 12 team in the country.
The Tigers threatened early against a tough California defense, and were rewarded with three straight penalty corners just over three minutes into the contest. However, the opportunities did not translate to goals.
Head Coach Linda MacDonald was pleased with her team's start saying, "we started the game really strong by putting a lot of pressure on their defense, but unfortunately we did not come out as strong in the second half and let them into the game."
Pacific trailed just 1-0 going into halftime to the Golden Bears after Shannon Elmitt beat the Tiger defense for the game's first score. Goalkeeper Ashlee Schlesier racked up her third double-digit save performance for the season turning away 12 shots. The junior from San Diego, Calif. came into the game tied for 12th in the nation with 7.83 saves per game, and she improved that mark to 8.42 after her effort against California.
The Tiger defense also held strong for most of the afternoon turning away nine penalty corners, but the Golden Bears tacked on three goals in the second half to push the score to 4-0.
Pacific returns home for a contest on Sunday, October 2 at noon against Robert Morris on Brookside Field.