Tigers rough up Bryant, but falter against No. 4 Syracuse
Field hockey started off the fall season, splitting their weekend homestand against Bryant and No. 4 Syracuse. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs in a shutout victory this past Friday, and fell just shy of a weekend sweep on Monday.
Pacific was quick to get to the point on Thursday afternoon, scoring four goals in the first 20 minutes. Forward Alicia Muiños ‘18 led the onslaught with a goal in the fourth minute, quickly silencing Bryant head on. Less than 10 minutes later, midfielder Hannah Tvergyak ’18 followed suit, increasing Pacific’s lead to two.
The Tigers added two more goals before the first half was over, quickly flattening the Bulldogs. With plenty of insurance, the Tigers cruised through the remainder of the game, sealing their first victory of the season, 4-0.
On Monday, Pacific put up a fight but fell short to the Syracuse Orange. Syracuse took the lead nearly 20 minutes into the first half with two quick back-to-back goals.
The Tigers knew they needed a stronger offensive drive in order to overcome the Orange. Despite an impressive attempted save by goalkeeper Laura Pujade ‘17, Syracuse found the back of the goal once more in the first half.
Down by three going into the second half, Pacific looked more resilient than before. Nevertheless, in the 48th minute, the Orange took the Tigers by surprise once more and added another point to the scoreboard.
As the clock ran down, Pacific got their defense under control and made a surge for Syracuse’s goal. In the 66th minute, forward Leah Cofer ‘17 scored the Tigers lone goal and deflating the shut out.
Ultimately, the Tigers took their first defeat of the season, 4-1. Forward Ali Campos ‘17 finished with one assist and Pujade tallied four saves.
Cofer gave a dominating effort this weekend, scoring two goals in less than one minute against Bryant. She hit a grand total of three goals thus far this season.
The Tigers remain at home and play three more match-ups this weekend. They host Miami University from Ohio on Thursday, Indiana on Saturday and Saint Louis on Sunday. Game time on Thursday is set to begin at 1 p.m.
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