Pacific splits first homestand of season
The Pacific women’s soccer team opened their play at home over the weekend with two games in front of the friendly Knoles Field crowd.
The first game saw the Tigers take down the Sacramento State Hornets by a score of 1-0 on Friday, while Sunday’s game unfortunately resulted in a 6-0 loss to Boston College.
he lone goal in Friday’s hard-fought game was scored by Courtney Callister ’19, who notched the first goal of her collegiate career with an unassisted 25-yarder in the 48th minute of play.
“That was a very amazing experience. Coming from a position where I’m not even supposed to be able to shoot the ball, it was great to be able to come out there and take that touch, get it off my foot and into the back of the net,” said Callister.
The freshman defender seems to have picked up where she left off in Idaho, where she led the Boise Nationals to back-to-back state championships.
Another highlight of the first match was goalie Regan Heslop ‘19, who saved all eight of the Hornets’ shots on goal in her collegiate debut. Sacramento State ended up with 16 shots during the game, while the Tigers had nine.
The Tigers started strong in Sunday’s match against the Boston College Eagles, yielding only one goal in the first half. However, the Eagles came out hot in the second half, with goals from Hayley Dowd, McKenzie Meehan, Rosie Dimartino and Carly Leipzig.
The Tigers had a couple of close opportunities in the second half. One came from Jessica Fogel ‘18, who shot a laser in the 73rd minute that went just off the right crossbar.
The second near-goal came in the 78th minute, when Fogel’s corner kick entered a crowd of players next to the Eagles’ goal. Samia Adam ’18 seemed to head the ball past the goal line before Boston College’s Alex Johnson knocked it back out, but the referees did not have a perfect view of the fast-paced play.
Lily Higashino ’18 led Pacific with two shots for the game, and goalie Regan Heslop collected a career-high nine saves in her second start.
“I think the team as a whole needs to be able to collect ourselves when we run into a hard game like this,” commented Courtney Callister. “We have to be able to play with patience and play the game that we know we can play.”
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