Tigers Ride Defense To Win Over CSU East Bay
The Pacific women's water polo team shut out visiting CSU East Bay for more than 16 minutes en route to an 8-4 win Saturday, Feb. 4, as part of the Pacific Invitational at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex.
The Tigers improve to 2-2 with the win while the Pioneers drop to 2-1 after suffering their first defeat of the season.
CSU East Bay Claire Pierce gave the visitors a quick 1-0 lead on a power-play goal less than one minute into the first quarter. The Tigers struggled to find the back of the cage for much of the first frame, finally knotting the match at 1-1 on a goal from sophomore Elise Martin.
Things started clicking for Pacific in the second period as the Tigers ratcheted up their intensity on both ends. Four different Tigers would score, giving Pacific a 5-1 lead as its defense held CSU East Bay without a goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton was rarely threatened, making only two of her 14 saves in the second quarter.
Freshman Taylor Adair extended Pacific's lead to 6-1 on an advantage goal early in the fourth quarter before the Pioneers ended their drought with a score at the 7:14 mark. All told, the Tigers shut out CSU East Bay for more than 15 minutes. CSUEB would score again to pull to within three but consecutive Pacific goals, one each from senior Kim Kay and sophomore Malena Prlain, gave the Tigers a comfortable 8-3 lead with 2:43 left to play. A late goal from the Pioneers resulted in the final margin.
Martin and Kay paced the Tigers with two goals apiece. Sophomore Michele Relton blocked 14 shots, causing chants of "Michele says no!" from the crowd.
The Pioneers got a hattrick from Pierce. Goalkeeper Jayme Pekarske notched 10 saves.
Pacific is back in action later today when it meets Azusa Pacific at 4:45 p.m.
Pacific 8, CSU East Bay 4
CSU East Bay 1 - 0 - 0 - 3 -- 4
Pacific 1 - 4 - 0 - 3 -- 8
Pacific - Kay 2, Martin 2, Adair, Prlain, Pye, Weir
CSU East Bay - Pierce 3, Charlesworth
Pacific - Relton 14
CSU East Bay - Pekarske 10