Tigers Edged by San Diego, 3-1

Photo by Keith Sanpei
Photo by Keith Sanpei

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A late goal was not enough for the Pacific women's soccer team as they fell to San Diego 3-1 in the Tigers' first West Coast Conference road contest of the season. Bryndís Rún Thórólfsdóttir scored in the 71st minute and Regan Heslop added six saves on Saturday night. 

With the loss, Pacific falls to 4-8-2 overall and 1-2 in WCC play. The win brings San Diego to 4-8 on the year including 2-0 in conference action. 

The back-and-forth contest started with Pacific taking two shots in the first eight minutes of action and the Toreros firing of one which required a save by goalie Regan Heslop. San Diego finally broke through the Tiger backline in the 24th minute as Summer Mason ripped a left footer from 20 yards out to give the Toreros a 1-0 advantage. 

Mason looked to put the Toreros up 2-0 in the 29th as she stole a goal kick and fired a shot on goal, but Heslop made a great save to keep it a one goal deficit. The Tigers would outshoot San Diego 7-6 in the first 45 minutes of action with Heslop adding four saves. 

Pacific opened the second half with a shot by Nikki Leishman that was saved by Amber Michel. Going the other way the hosts added an insurance goal in the 68th on Mason's second of the night to make it 2-0. The Tigers finally got on the board in the 71st as Bryndís Rún Thórólfsdóttir punched it in past the goalie off an assist from Alex Hussar, bringing the score to 2-1. However San Diego got the score right back in the 73rd minute on Mason's hat trick to put the hosts back up by two. Pacific would rifle off six more shots to fight back in the match, but in the end the San Diego defense preserved the victory.

The Orange and Black outshot the hosts 15-11 on the night, with Kendall Bietsch leading the way with four and Sigirid Aas follwing with three.

The Tigers continue on the road next Thursday when they take on BYU at 6 PM PDT. Pacific returns home on Oct. 20th against San Francisco for a 7 PM kickoff.