Pacific Women’s Soccer Posts 1-0 Win over Montana
Padilla came in on a break from midfield and blasted a shot from just inside the box, beating the Grizzlies goalkeeper to the right. It was the first goal of the season for Padilla, who led the Tigers with eight goals in 12 games last season as a freshman.
Pacific improves to 3-4-2 on the combined shutout by Jill Medigovich and Tashia Long.
"I thought we created a ton of opportunities," head coach Keith Coleman said. "Obviously, we're a little disappointed with our finishing. But with 31 shots in a game, you're not going to be too unhappy. Overall we played well. It was good to see 'Cela [Padilla] get her first goal of the year. We out-played them, we just have to finish."
The Tigers blistered Montana goalkeeper Kendra McMillen, but the freshman made 16 saves to keep the scoreboard from lighting up.
In the first half, Padilla ripped a shot from the right side which McMillen knocked down. Standing on the doorstep, Laura Hogan's shot was denied by McMillen from point-blank range. Hogan tried again on the rebound, but McMillen again made the stop
Following Padilla's goal, the Tigers poured it on, out-shooting the Grizzlies 19-1 in the first frame.
Medigovich faced just one shot, as Montana's India Watne broke in on net in the 32nd minute. With a defender hounding her, Watne's shot sailed over the cross bar. Long, the Big West Defensive Player of the Week last week after a 1-1 tie with No. 16 Cal, picked off a pair of Montana crosses after subbing in at halftime, to split the shutout.
The Tigers held a 12-0 edge in shots in the second half, but couldn't pull away on the scoreboard. Junior midfielder Alex Topp, who helped Pacific control the midfield all night long, was stopped on a chance from the top of the box in the 48th minute. Topp also had a first-half header attempt carry just outside the goal frame.
Pacific's 31 shots and 17 shots on goal were season-highs, exceeding their previous shot total by 13.
Montana falls to 1-7-2.
The Tigers are back in action on Sunday in an 11:00 a.m. kickoff against Hawai'i. The Tigers topped the Rainbow Wahine back on August 20, with a 1-0 season-opening win at the 'OHANA Hotels and Resorts Shootout. Laura Hernandez tallied the lone goal of the match in Honolulu.