Stockton, Calif. – For the second straight game Pacific Field Hockey pushed a game to overtime, only to fall during the first sudden victory period on Sunday, September 23 in its NorPac Conference opener. The Tigers received a pair of scores from Melissa Maultsby and 12 saves in her season debut from Ashlee Schlesier, but Pacific dropped the overtime contest 4-3 on Brookside Field.
The loss dropped Pacific to 3-6, while the victory improved UC Davis to 5-6.
UC Davis scored first at the 24-minute mark when Jamie Garcia knocked in an unassisted goal, but as the Tigers did all afternoon they responded immediately with a Maggie Grindatti score. Just over a minute after falling behind 1-0, Pacific received a corner, which was passed to senior Emily Trudeau who ripped a shot at the opposing keeper. The ball was turned away, but rebounded by Grindatti in front of the cage and put in for her first score of the season.
After one half of play, the Tigers and Aggies were knotted at one. However, just over 13 minutes into the second half Maultsby put in her third goal of the season off another corner. The ball was put in by Jenna Vivian, it rolled to the stopper Doreen Stern who sent a nice pass to Maultsby who ripped the shot from the top left of the circle to beat the Davis keeper.
In a game that was never separated by more than one goal, the Aggies responded with a Marissa Hughes score on a penalty stroke. After successfully defending a pair of corners, Davis took a shot to the top of the cage, extending up with her stick was the defender Trudeau, but the ball just glanced off her body giving UC Davis the penalty stroke.
With the score now tied at two, Maultsby would take over again to record her fourth goal of the season and second of the game. The play was set up by a beautiful cross pass from Emily Tregoning that was one-timed by Maultsby to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
Pacific's defense would hold strong mostly due to the solid play from its goalkeeper Schlesier, who was sidelined up to this point in the season with an injury. However, with just over eight minutes to play Marissa Hughes tied the score after dribbling the ball into the circle unassisted.
With the game pushed to overtime and at the 72:27 mark, UC Davis received its 13th corner of the game and would capitalize. Emily Meckie corralled and put in a saved Jamie Garcia shot to take the game 4-3.
Up next, the Tigers will travel to Michigan for three contests against Michigan, Central Michigan and Michigan State. They begin play on September 28.