November 4, 2011

Tigers Down Radford 3-1 After A First Half Explosion

Stanford, Calif. – The Pacific Tigers Field Hockey team saved its best game for last when they took on the Radford Highlanders on Friday, Nov. 4. The Tigers downed the East Division foes 3-1, led by their most productive offensive half of the season.

Pacific erupted for three first half goals in a span of 7:12 giving them the 3-0 advantage heading to the break. The strikes came off a pair of goals from Melissa Maultsby and a strike from senior Amanda Spellman

The Tigers first score came on Maultsby's third goal of the season at the 13 minute mark of the contest.  After a cross pass rattled deep in the circle, the ball jarred free for the sophomore forward. Maultsby fired a shot to the back left corner of the cage putting Pacific up 1-0.

Just over three minutes after resetting play, Maultsby found the cage for the second time after ripping a shot from the top of the circle. The shot deflected off a Radford defender to reach the net. The two goals left her in second on the team with nine points. 

Maultsby said of the two scores, "it was great to hit the back of the cage. I have been close all season, and it feels great to score for our team."

Then in her final game in a Pacific uniform, two-time captain Spellman joined the scoring action with her fifth goal of the season. The midfielder found the back of the cage after firing a cross pass from Dinah Compton past the keeper. The score left her with a team leading 10 points on the season. 

Spellman said of scoring on her last game in a Tiger uniform, "it was bittersweet being my last game and scoring, but it feels great to end my career with a win."

Radford struck back with a score from Courtney Poole to close the lead, but it was not enough against a swarming Tiger defense. Junior goalkeeper Ashlee Schlesier recorded five saves in the full 70 minutes of action.

Head coach Linda MacDonald was thrilled with her team's performance saying, "that is what I knew we were capable of all year. It was great we had a chance to start most of our seniors in their last game, and all of them played." She added, "hopefully this gives the team confidence and shows them what great hockey they can play."

The Tigers finished the season 3-14 after the victory over Radford. Pacific will enjoy the win as they head into its offseason.