Field Hockey Edged by UC Davis, 3-2
The Pacific Field Hockey team traveled to Davis for a game under the lights at Aggie Stadium on Friday, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Aggies. UC Davis earned a second seed in the NorPac tournament with the win, while the Tigers will enter as a three seed after the defeat. Davis improves to 5-12, (3-3 NorPac) while the Tigers fall to 4-13 (2-4 NorPac) after the one goal loss.
UC Davis got on the board first, courtesy of Cloey LemMon, who scored off the rebound after an assist from Stephie Sabraw at the 6:03 mark of the first half to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
The Aggies held the 1-0 lead until the 25:06 mark of the half, despite four shots and four penalty corners by the Orange and Black in that timeframe. Melissa Maultsby scored her fourth goal of the year on a shot to the near post following a scrum in front of Davis goalkeeper Danielle Herrington.
The Tigers had two more shots in the half, but Herrington made a save and the UC Davis defense blocked the other attempt.
Pacific went into the halftime break tied 1-1, despite a 7-4 advantage in shots and a 4-0 advantage in penalty corners.
Just 39 seconds into the second half, Sabraw scored for the hosts, on an assist from Jamie Garcia. Sabraw tipped in a one timer past tiger goalkeeper Maggie Corder to give UC Davis a 2-1 advantage.
Pacific responded at the 50:22 mark, as senior Emily Tregoning found junior Kayley Brown, who lunged forward and tipped in a shot to the lower right side of the goal to even the score a 2-2. The goal was the first of Brown's college career.
After play resumed, the Aggies' Jamie Garcia sent the ball in from outside the arc. The ball went off the pads of Corder and over her right shoulder and into the goal for an own goal that gave UC Davis a 3-2 advantage at the 50:54 mark of the second half.
Pacific had chances to equalize the score line yet again, but was unable to convert. Senior Maggie Grindatti assumed goalkeeper privileges as Corder came off at the 65:49 mark, but Herrington saved a late shot by freshman Kyleigh Morrison to preserve the 3-2 victory for UC Davis.
The Orange and Black held UC Davis without a penalty corner, recording 12, while outshooting their opponents 14-10. Corder made 5 saves in goal for Pacific.
The Tigers will now head to Lynchburg, Va. and the NorPac Tournament, which begins Thursday November 7th on the campus of Liberty University. Pacific will face the Longwood Lancers in the last game of the day. The time is TBD.