Pacific women's soccer (2-5-0) played in a hard-fought match but fell to Cal State Northridge (2-2-1), 1-0, in the second overtime period.
The Tigers threw everything at the Matadors in the attacking third but came up just short. Pacific took a season-high 25 shots and nearly scored three times in the opening 20 minutes. The Tigers continued to pour on pressure throughout the match and nearly found the back of the net on numerous occasions. Defensively, the Tigers were sound and organized and senior goalkeeper Regan Heslop turned in an outstanding performance keeping her team in the game with 10 saves including one at the end of the first overtime period that kept the Tigers alive.
Despite Pacific's collective efforts, Northridge found a goal in the 104th minute to steal a win from the Tigers.
In case you missed it:
- Junior Katelyn Chandler made her first start since the August 24 match against New Mexico when she picked up an injury that forced her to miss three matches.
- In the eighth minute, Chandler had an opportunity to score with the CSUN goalkeeper off of her line. Chandler chipped the keeper, but the ball took a bounce wide of the target.
- In the 10th minute, freshman Beth Burgess played a nice cross into the box for sophomore Bryndís Thórólfsdóttir. Thórólfsdóttir took a shot, but it went wide.
- In the 17th minute, Burgess took a shot from well outside the box that beat CSUN's defense and goalkeeper, but it hit the post and ricocheted back into play.
- The Tigers took eight shots and won a corner kick in the opening 20 minutes and spent the majority of that time playing in the attacking third of the field.
- In the 39th minute, Northridge's Briana Rios took a shot on goal that nearly beat Heslop, but the Tiger's keeper got her fingers tips on it to push it over the bar and keep the game scoreless. She had six saves in the opening 45 minutes.
- Pacific outshot the Matadors in the opening half 11-6.
- In the 50th minute, freshman Jenae Packard got on the end of a free kick and headed it towards goal, but the ball was tipped just wide by CSUN's goalie.
- Following Packard's near goal, the Tigers went on a 15-minute run in which the team took a total of six shots, five of which were on goal and earned three corner kicks. Two of the Tigers shots in that stretch nearly found the back of the net, but CSUN's keeper, Amanda Delgado, tipped both over the bar.
- In the 84th minute, Pacific's Kristín Gunnarsdóttir picked up a yellow card. It was her second of the season.
- In the 88th minute, CSUN's Amanda Martin picked up a yellow card.
- In the 89th minute, Kendall Bietsch nearly scored what could've been a late winner, but it was saved by the CSUN keeper.
- By the end of regulation, the Tigers had outshot the Matadors 24-11.
- In the 99th minute, CSUN's Marissa Favela took a shot that tested Heslop. The senior keeper made a tremendous save on the ball to keep her team in the game.
- Northridge took two shots on goal in the period. The first was saved by Heslop, but the second beat her after the ball bounced around in a crowded penalty area. CSUN's Marissa Favela attempted to cross the ball to a teammate, but it ricocheted off of a player and in to earn the Matadors an overtime victory.
- Pacific has played an incredibly clean brand of soccer this season. The Tigers entered the game 15th in the nation in fouls committed per game with 5.33 per match. Pacific committed only six fouls in the entire contest despite playing an extra 15 minutes of overtime. Adversely, CSUN committed 17 fouls.
- Heslop entered the match 23rd in the nation in saves with 32. The senior made 10 tonight. It was her second-highest total of the season since she saved 13 in the season opener against George Washington.
- Thórólfsdóttir and Burgess both took five shots in the match, the most of any players in tonight's contest.
Coach Scroope's Thoughts:
"That was a tough way to lose with the amount of minutes that we put in. We were totally exhausted and went through all of our subs. We did everything we could against a team that is usually at the top of their conference. I'm really proud of the kids in the way that we bounced back from the Hawai'i game. We proved our worth tonight."
Your defense played well tonight and helped keep you in the game. What are your thoughts on their performance?
"We were really solid. We changed our formation tonight and it worked out. It was unfortunate to lose the way we did with their performance. We just didn't have the energy to finish."
This seems like a harsh result when you take into account the team's offensive efforts.
"The soccer gods weren't with us tonight. I don't know if I've seen so many balls hit posts or go just wide. We had a lot of opportunities to put the game away early. It could have easily been 3-0 at the end of the first half. The goals are coming. We're taking good shots and the offense is there, we're just not finding the goal. That's soccer, it's a game of inches. Unfortunately, they got the last couple of inches in the final minute. Regan nearly had the save, but it's a game of inches."
Can you talk about Katelyn Chandler's performance after coming back from injury?
"Being able to have her up front with Katie Martinez gives us a lot of speed and it allows us to move Isabella Pariente back, which is where she plays best. Having her back gives us another person to challenge their back line. We're going to need that going into WCC play."
Does a performance like this give the team a boost heading into Sunday's match?
"I think so. It proves to our players and everyone else that last Sunday was an off day for us and that we can hang with anybody. We're looking forward to coming back with a win on Sunday."
It seems like the team really responded to Sunday's loss. What was the atmosphere in practice like this week?
"Practice was great. Our staff picked up the levels this week in practice and made our play quicker and faster. It showed today on the field. We were faster in our touches which let us move the ball around well. We were too slow on Sunday and we can't play that way."
Regan Heslop put together another great performance and kept the team in the game.
"Regan made a huge save in the first overtime that kept us alive. She wants to put together a great senior season and she's going to continue to be a leader for us."