Pacific Women’s Soccer Posts Sixth Shutout of Season, 1-0, at Cal Poly
Junior Kristina Wavomba scored in the 77th minute and redshirt senior Jill Medigovich recorder her fourth shutout as the Pacific women’s soccer team downed Cal Poly 1-0 Friday night at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
“[Cal Poly] is very good at home and it’s tough to win here,” head coach Keith Coleman said. “The last time we won here was when we won the Big West. We talked about winners winning and how there can be no excuses. The team came up big and played hard tonight.”
“Jill made a great save at the start of the game to keep it 0-0. Without that, we’re in a hole early. That changed the whole game. Our defense is playing great, Jill was great tonight. It was a good result. We’re really excited about it.”
The Tigers improve to 5-6-3 overall, 2-2-0 in the Big West. The win moves Pacific into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Big West with four matches remaining.
Wavomba’s second goal of the year came off assists from sophomore forward Maricela Padilla and forward Sammi Teramae. Teramae stole the ball in the corner, and played it to Padilla, who cut in behind the defense along the end line and passed out in front to Wavomba. Wavomba buried it into the net past the diving keeper for the game’s lone tally.
Wavomba moves into a tie for 11th with Brooke Kentera on Pacific’s all-time points list with 34. The assist was her eighth career helper.
Medigovich recorded two saves while facing eight total shots, for her 10th career clean sheet.
Pacific out-shot the Mustangs 15-8 for the match, including an 8-2 margin in shots on goal.
The Tigers owned a 6-4 edge in shots in the first half. Teramae hit the crossbar in the sixth minute, and junior midfielder Alex Topp sent a shot wide in the 12th minute and then headed a cross wide in the 17th.
Cal Poly falls to 6-8-1 overall, 1-3-1 in the Big West. Mustangs goalkeeper Brooke Gauvin recorded seven saves in the loss, including four in the first half.
“Their goalkeeper came up big for them,” Coleman said. “‘Cela [Padilla]split their defense, and their keeper made a great save, or else it could have been 2-0.”
The Tigers road trip continues on Sunday at UC Santa Barbara (6-7-2, 2-3-0 BWC) in a noon kickoff.