Pacific Women’s Soccer, Hawai’i Play to Scoreless Draw
Despite a number of scoring chances, the Pacific women's soccer team posted a scoreless tie against Hawai'i on Sunday at Stagg Memorial Stadium. Redshirt senior Jill Medigovich and freshman Tashia Long split the combined shutout.
Pacific tallied 17 shots, including 10 on goal, but failed to find the back of the net as Rainbow Wahine goalkeeper Kanani Taaca recorded nine saves. The Tigers defense locked down on Hawai'i, allowing just six shots and only one on goal.
The Tigers record stands at 3-4-1, while Hawai'i is now 2-8-1.
"It's disappointing," head coach Keith Coleman said. "I was worried about this game because we'd played each other already, so they had seen us and knew what we were going to do. But we had our chances. Finishing is usually the last thing to come, but we're reaching at the point now where we're overdue. Once again, our defense played really well. We just need to finish our scoring chances."
In the second meeting between the two teams, each had their opponent scouted, as Pacific's 10 shots on goal were limited in comparison to Friday's 31-shot barrage in a win over Montana.
Late in the first half, Nydia Ramos came free on goal, but her shot from 15 yards sailed wide to the right of Taaca. In the 54th minute, Laura Hernandez stood over a restart and ripped a shot which Taaca deflected off the crossbar. Pacific also had a chance with numbers behind the Wahine defense in 65th minute, but Taaca intercepted a cross from Sammi Teramae.
The best opportunity for the Tigers came in the 85th minute, off a scramble in front. After Hawai'i knocked down a cross into the box, Ramos headed the loose ball earmarked for the left side of the net, but Crystal Fresquez was on the backline for the Wahine and headed the ball out of harm's way.
Long, the reigning Big West Defensive Player of the Week, faced a challenge in the second overtime, as she broke up a cross from her left. As the Wahine swarmed the net, Kaylee Kihara found the loose ball only to have her attempt blocked by Tigers defender Kim Hargrave.
Pacific's defense now has four shutouts on the season and has held opponents to three shots on goal or less in five of 10 matches. In the Tigers' last two matches, Pacific owns a 48-7 edge in shots, and a 27-1 advantage in shots on goal.
The Tigers open Big West play on Friday at UC Irvine with a 7 p.m. kick-off. Following Sunday's 1 p.m. start against Cal State Northridge, Pacific returns home to Stagg Memorial Stadium for a 1 p.m. match against Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, October 10.