Stockton, Calif. – Two goals by junior Emily Tregoning in the final nine minutes sealed a season opening, 5-3, victory for the Pacific field hockey team over Saint Louis on Friday, August 24 on Brookside Field. It was the Tigers first home opening win since defeating California 2-1 in 2009.
The five goals were the most scored by Pacific since October 5, 2007 at Davidson in a 6-1 victory.
Pacific jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead with goals in the 15th and 30th minute. Junior Melissa Mautlsby put the Tigers on the board first after Jenna Vivian weaved through the Billikens defense to set up a two-on-one advantage. Once in the middle of the circle, Vivian dropped a dime to a diving Maultsby to beat the Billikens keeper. Just over 15 minutes later, Tregoning ripped a shot that was stopped by the Saint Louis goalkeeper, but sophomore Tarah Trotter was in perfect position for the put-back score. In her first ever appearance for the Orange and Black, redshirt freshman Molly Macierz pitched a first half shut out in goal.
Trotter talked about her first half goal saying, "The ball was going crazy in the circle and I ended up getting the ball on my stick, I spun around and took the shot on goal and it went through the goalies legs."
Then, the Tigers had all the momentum coming out of the second half and quickly made the score 3-0 after Vivian found the back of the cage in the 42nd minute. Like the score before, she corralled a rebounded shot to beat the keeper to her left side.
Pacific seemed to have the game locked down, but the never-quitting Billikens would score three unanswered in a span of 10 minutes to tie the score at three. Caiti Brownell scored off a corner just inside the circle at 49:04, followed by goals at the 57th and 58th minute by Tori Lycett and Lisa Smith, respectively.
The game seemed destine for overtime, but Tregoning would take charge with back-to-back goals at the 61:50 and 63:35 marks. Both strikes were from the top right of the circle, and left the Billikens keeper with little chance. Katelyn Tatar assisted the second of Tregoning's goals.
Tregoning was humble after the contest about her game winning goals saying, "I brought it in a few more times like I did earlier in the game, but the whole team stayed composed and it was just great we got those two goals and the win."
Head coach Linda MacDonald was thrilled with her team's performance and ability to deal with adversity saying, "Getting three goals was awesome, but you can never breath with a lead." She added about Saint Louis tying the game, "I called timeout and I told them they needed to play like they did in the first half. Some of the older players stepped up, Emily Tregoning at the end decided to take over."
Pacific will look to continue its charge this Sunday, August 26 against La Salle on Brookside Field. The contest is scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm.