Pacific women's soccer (0-1-0) fell in the season opener to George Washington 1-0 on Thursday. Tiger senior goalkeeper Regan Heslop kept her team in the game with a career-high 13 saves.
- Pacific started five freshmen in the match; Jenae Packard, Beth Burgess, Abigail Wolf, Camryn Scully and Nikki Lee. Two more Tigers made career debuts in freshmen Marissa Carpenter and Isabella Pariente.
- Heslop had five saves in the first half.
- George Washington poured on the pressure in the opening 10 minutes of the second half tallying four shots to Pacific's one.
- Sophomore Tiger Bryndís Thórólfsdóttir nearly gave the Tigers a lead in the 55th minute when her shot rattled the crossbar.
- In the 57th minute, George Washington's Alexis Williams scored the decisive goal. It was assisted by Megan McCormick.
- Heslop made seven saves in the second half to bring her total to 13, the most in her career. Her previous was eight against Hawai'i last year.
Coach Scroope's Thoughts:
On the team's performance:
"The kids played well today. We played a top-100 team and everybody put in effort. We stuck to our system, we just didn't get enough shots to finish. It's a game of inches and things just didn't bounce our way. There is nothing but positives going forward. We're excited about the future. We knew these non-conference games would be hard and they're just preparing us for the future. We're really excited."
"She's stepping up in her senior year and starting the season on a high note. She was unbelievable. She led back there like a senior should. She made a couple of good saves for us that kept us in the game. I'm absolutely proud of her and excited for her season. Watching her grow and be confident is going to be huge for us."
On freshmen performances:
"Beth Burgess is dynamic. She was all over the place and did a great job talking up front and leading. She helped us work our offense. Jenae Packard is dynamic coming out of the back. I can't help but complement our center backs, Camryn Scully and Abigail Wolf. They did a great job clearing balls for us and shut them down. They really didn't get any direct shots on goal. Unfortunately, we got scored on a corner kick that came back in and found a cross. Nikki Lee held down the middle for us at defensive mid. We're excited and it's looking positive."
The Tigers are back in action Sunday at 10 a.m. when the team takes on Navy.