Tigers Play Close With No. 14 Santa Clara
Women’s soccer hosted University of San Francisco (USF) on Friday, Oct. 18 and Santa Clara on Sunday, Oct. 20 in the heat of West Coast Conference (WCC) play. With the multitude of Homecoming events and people visiting Pacific this past weekend, the Tigers had a large turn-out Friday evening at the Sunken Field.
Pacific played an intense game against the Dons–trailing up until the last few minutes of the second half and sending the game into overtime. Forward Mirella Mattos ’15 set the pace for the match-up by nearly scoring twice in the first seven minutes to give Pacific the early lead. The Tigers held the ball the majority of the first half; however, the Dons scored in the thirty-third minute of regulation play. Pacific made three more attempts to reach the back of the net, but they ultimately could not find it.
The two teams went into the second half with a score of 1-0, and the Tigers came out firing. Zarette Munoz-Aguilar ’16 made the play of the game with her first goal of the year. Munoz-Aguilar shot a free-kick from 40 yards out to even the playing field with less than six minutes left to play. Regulation play ended with the scored tied 1-1.
The Tigers made a few attempts in the first overtime, but came up just short–sending the game into a second overtime. Goalkeeper Tashia Long ’14 made a game-saving play in the second overtime and had five total saves throughout the match-up. Pacific ultimately tied the game with USF at 1-1.
Moving into Sunday, the No. 14 Broncos from Santa Clara came out firing by scoring within the first 16 minutes of play and again at the 26 minute mark. The Tigers gave them a run for their money–boosting their defense and not letting the Broncos score for the remainder of the game. Forward Maricela Padilla ’14 had a few scoring opportunities throughout the 90 minutes of game time–coming just inches away from the net in the end of the second half.
Pacific ultimately lost, 2-0, but they are back in action this week when the hit the road to Southern California to face off against Pepperdine. The Tigers return home on Nov. 1 to host Gonzaga on the Sunken Field at 7 p.m.
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