Women's Soccer: Tigers Post 2-0 Win Over UC Riverside On Senior Day
Senior Kim Hargrave opened the scoring and senior goalkeeper Jill Medigovich earned her 12th career shutout as the Pacific Tigers dropped UC Riverside, 2-0, Sunday at Stagg Memorial Stadium. The Tigers will enter the Big West Tournament Thursday at 8-7-3 overall, 5-3-0 in the Big West.
With a Big West tournament berth already in hand, Sunday's focus was honoring its six seniors in their final regular season home game and enter the tournament on a winning note. Hargrave, Medigovich, defenders Kylee Ah Choy, Chyanne Alejado, midfielder Natalie Wong, and forward Sammi Teramae were honored before the match.
"It's a great group, and I'm super excited for them. And that they could go out with a win," head coach Keith Coleman said. "I'm really happy for them and I feel really fortunate we could have them here for four years."
Medigovich recorded three saves, including stopping a penalty kick in the 75th minute, to tally her sixth clean sheet of the season and 12th in her 38 games played as a Tiger. The redshirt senior from San Diego lowered her career goals against average to 0.84, the best mark in Pacific's history, and her season GAA to 0.78.
"It's our last home game, we wanted to go out big, go out strong. What a great way to end our last game at home," Medigovich said. "We're hoping we can get revenge on [UC] Irvine. We lost to them in one of our first couple games, in overtime. We were in the game the entire time, so we're hoping we can... win that game and make it to the finals of the Big West."
Hargrave's goal came in the 12th minute as she collect the ball on the far sideline just over midfield, saw the keeper off the line and ripped a shot from 25 yards out over the goalkeeper and into the upper right corner. The goal, her third of the season, ties her for the team lead.
"The second it left her foot, you know it was going to find the back corner," Coleman said. "It was smart of her to get that quick shot off and catch the keeper off-guard."
"It feels beyond fantastic. I'm so proud of all my seniors, we've been through so much together," Hargrave said. "I was wide open, I knew the keeper was off the line so I figured I'd take a shot. It was my last game at Stagg Memorial Stadium, so I'm happy to have done it."
Freshman Renae McFadden added the insurance goal in the 70th minute. Lauren Olvera's long throw in was headed in the box by junior Kristina Wavomba, and McFadden knocked it home off the underside of the cross bar and in.
With the assist, Wavomba moves past Bunny Dickson (2004-07) on Pacific's all-time scoring list into ninth place with 15 points. The assist was her ninth career helper and fourth of the season. She leads Pacific with 10 points on the year.
McFadden's first career goal gave the Tigers a 2-0 goal cushion and Medigovich made it stand up with a penalty kick save in the 75th minute.
The Tigers were called for a handball in the box, and the Highlanders' Candis Novis lined the penalty kick towards the right side. But Medigovich had it read and stepped over and caught it to not allow a rebound and preserve the shutout.
UC Riverside (1-14-3 overall, 0-7-1 Big West) nearly got on the board in the 55th minute, when a long pass into the middle was shot over Medigovich, but the play was well off-side and blown dead. In the 58th minute, Pacific survived another scare when Melissa Escamilla's attempt off a restart hit the crossbar and dribbled over the net.
The shutout was the 28th for the Tigers in the past four seasons, during the tenure of defenders Ah Choy and Alejado. The Tigers allowed nine shots on the day, including just three on goal, as has been their trademark this season. Pacific leads the Big West in fewest shots on goal allowed with 73 in 18 matches.
Pacific will travel to top seed and No. 12 UC Irvine on Thursday for the semifinals of the Big West Tournament. The match will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Anteater Stadium.