Tigers upset No. 12 Stanford, clinch winning season
The Pacific field hockey team had a fantastic Homecoming weekend, picking up wins against conference rivals Stanford and University of California, Davis. With the latter victory, the Tigers (9-6) clinched their first season with a winning record since 2006.
Friday’s 1-0 victory over No. 12 Stanford was Pacific’s first win over a nationally ranked opponent this year. The Tigers expected a hard-fought game, and they received nothing less from the Cardinal, who attempted 13 shots on the game.
Although they came close a couple times, none of the attempts could make it past Pacific goalkeeper Laura Pujade ’17, who posted her fifth shutout of the season.
The go-ahead and only goal was scored by forward Rylee Comeau ’19 shortly before halftime. Comeau fed a penalty corner to midfielder/forward Katharine Egan ’17, who set up a shot for midfielder Savannah Burns ’18. Burns sent a low, screeching shot toward the goal, and it initially appeared as though Burns had been the one to score.
Upon closer examination, though, it was clear that Comeau positioned herself next to the left corner of the goal and redirected the shot to the top right corner, past the Cardinal goalkeeper.
Coming off the thrill of the team’s upset win over Stanford, it might have been easy for the Tigers to fall into a “trap game” against the last-place UC Davis Aggies on Sunday. The Tigers did not underestimate their opponent, however, and emerged with a 4-2 victory.
Pacific jumped on the Aggies early, taking a 1-0 lead just under four minutes into the match. Like the goal scored against Stanford two days earlier, the play began with Comeau directing a penalty corner to Burns, who then ripped a shot toward the goal. Only this time, it was forward Alicia Muiños ’18 who slapped the ball in off a ricochet, scoring her third goal of the season.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead on another goal from Comeau a short time later, her fourth of the year. Forward Sidney Brooks ’17 had a nice assist on the play as the Tigers took advantage of a breakaway.
UC Davis responded with a goal of their own just before halftime and scored again midway through the second period, but Pacific’s offense proved too much to handle for the Aggies. Forward Ali Campos ’17 scored for the Tigers in the second half, as did Savannah Burns, and the victory was secured.
The Tigers are now 3-1 in conference play, and are primed to take possession of first place in the West Division of the America East Conference.
The Tigers will have that opportunity when they battle No. 1 California on Wednesday, Oct. 28 on the Pacific Field Hockey Turf.
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