Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Field Hockey revenged its 2011 loss at Bryant with a 2-1 victory on Brookside Field, Friday, August 31. The Tigers were led by senior Samantha Romero's two unanswered goals.
The Bulldogs got off to a quick start leaving Pacific in a 1-0 deficit just over four minutes into the game. The goal was put in by Rosie Bird who collected her third goal of the season after a great pass in the circle from Kayleigh Ballantyne.
However, the Orange and Black would respond exactly 30 seconds later when junior Emily Tregoning picked up her seventh point of the season with an assist to Romero. Off the restart by the official, Tregoning collected the ball and weaved through defenders to the right side of the circle. Romero made a great cut to the back post of the cage and easily beat the keeper to the back left corner. Both defenses would settle in to leave what looked to be a high-scoring half at 1-1.
Just seven minutes into the second half the Tigers had another great opportunity that would not go to waste. Dinah Compton dribbled the ball up the right side and into the circle, and much like the first goal she found a cutting Romero who tipped it in for her second goal of the game and season.
Romero talked about the two goals saying, "I knew I had to go to the back post. Every time in practice our coaches say go to the back post that is where most of the goals are scored. She added, "I worked really well with my teammate Dinah Compton because I knew where she was going to go and I knew it would be there the whole time and as you can see it worked out."
Romero's second score would prove to be the game winner because of the outstanding play by the Tigers defense, specifically true freshman Maggie Corder. After allowing the first score, the keeper was perfect with five saves including two game changers late in the contest.
Head Coach Linda MacDonald said of her team's outing, "I think we did a good job keeping the ball on attack and taking advantage of those opportunities. Samantha Romero scoring two goals and being on the far post was huge." She added, "That was something we struggled with last year by not having anyone on the far post, but she was right there to put those two goals in."
The Tigers return to action in a designated home game against No. 20 Northwestern on Maxwell Family Field on the campus of the University of California. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm.