Pacific falls at Gonzaga, 1-0

Pacific falls at Gonzaga, 1-0

Spokane, Wash.--- Pacific's (2-10-0, 0-3-0 WCC) defense withstood tremendous pressure from a Gonzaga (7-3-2, 2-1-0 WCC) offense that took a total 25 shots in the match, but allowed a goal in the 74th minute that would stand up to give the Bulldogs a win. The Tigers fought until the final whistle for an equalizer, but the effort was not enough to force overtime.

"This was a hard-fought match," head coach Kerri Scroope said. "We fought all night and have all season and we're sticking together. We're just inches from finishing and getting a goal that can earn a result for us. I'm proud of our resiliency tonight. We will keep fighting and find a way to work through this."

Pacific gets another chance at a victory on Sunday as the Tigers take on Portland in a 1 p.m. match.

 

First half:

  • Gonzaga was aggressive from the get-go as the Bulldogs took 12 shots in the opening 30 minutes. However, the Tigers did a tremendous job of bending and not breaking by cutting out passes to end attacks and forcing the Bulldogs to take shots that wouldn't find the target.
  • Senior goalkeeper Regan Heslop was at the heart of the Tiger defense making several plays to break up crosses in her own penalty area and saving each of the shots put on goal in the first half. Heslop also grabbed the ball off the line following an early shot from close range to keep the match level.
  • Despite Gonzaga's mark of 16 shots in the opening 45 minutes, only five of those attempts were actually put on goal thanks to a tenacious defensive effort.
  • The Tigers closed out the half with a salvo of shots from freshmen Marissa Carpenter and Nikki Lee in what was the best stretch of sustained pressure in the half.

Second half:

  • The Tigers were able to build more in the second half and open up the Bulldog defense to create opportunities around the penalty area.
  • In the 52nd minute, senior Katie Martinez took a shot on goal following several passes from her teammates.
  • In the 74th minute, Gonzaga broke the tie when Alaysia Lane scored her first goal of the year after burying a loose ball that was driven into the penalty area. Sophia Viviano and Jodi Ulekekul had the assists.
  • In the 77th minute, Nikki Lee headed a shot towards goal that went just high.
  • Like in the first half, the Tigers closed the second with another period of sustained offensive pressure as the Tigers were able to keep the ball in the attacking third and forced the Bulldogs to concede two corners. The final corner kick had a chance of finding a Tiger, but Gonzaga's keeper tipped the ball over the crossbar to put an end to the game's final attempt.

Notables:

  • Gonzaga took a total of 25 shots in the encounter, but only eight of them found the target.
  • Senior goalkeeper Regan Heslop made seven saves in the match. She entered the weekend as the WCC's leader in saves and saves per match.