Rough Day For Pacific As The Tigers Fall To No. 7 Michigan State
Taking on one of the top teams in the country, the Pacific field hockey team suffered a 10-0 loss to No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday, September 4, playing on the campus of Stanford. The loss for the Tigers dropped their 2010 record to 0-3 while the Spartans improved to 4-0.
Late in the first half, Michigan State was threatening to score when junior Doreen Stern (San Jose, Calif.) recorded her first defensive save of the season to prevent the Spartans from adding to their lead.
The Tigers had an opportunity late in the second half to get on the board. Four consecutive penalty corners resulted in shots on goal from senior's Sarah Miceli (Los Gatos, Calif.), Kelly Perkins (Gilroy, Calif.) and freshman Emily Tregoning (San Jose, Calif.). Goalie Abby Huck for the Spartans saved all three to keep the Tigers off the board.
For Michigan State, Kristen Henn and Jessica Linder each recorded two goals. As a team, the Spartans outshot the Tigers 32-3.
In goal, sophomore Ashlee Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.) recorded 13 saves for Pacific. With ten minutes to go, Michigan State was threatening to score again. Schlesier had two highlight worthy saves. The first was a shot that was going high into the right corner. She flew across the net and sent it over the goal. Just a few moments later on the re-start, the ball trickled toward the lower left side of the goal. Schlesier dove and ushered the ball away.
Pacific will head east next week, where they will face Dartmouth September 9th, Vermont September 11th, and Maine September 12th. The Tigers next home contest is October 22nd, when they face NorPac rival Cal at Brookside Field.