Tigers Get Early Goal, But Fall At No. 20 BYU
University of the Pacific women's soccer dropped a 3-1 decision at No. 20 Brigham Young University on Thursday, Nov. 7, in Provo, Utah. With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 4-11-3 and 3-4-1 in West Coast Conference play. BYU improved to 12-5-1, 7-1-0 in the WCC.
"We are very proud of the team's effort tonight," said Head Coach Keith Coleman. said Head Coach Keith Coleman. "This is one of the toughest places in the country to play. We were looking for a better result, but there is a reason they are ranked in the top 20. Tashia Long played very well, and Zarette had a great early goal. We'll regroup and prepare for San Diego on Saturday."
Sophomore Zarette Munoz-Aguilar gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead, scoring just :50 seconds into the game. Munoz-Aguilar intercepted a BYU pass in the backfield, then ran a give and go with senior Maricela Padilla, putting her shot in the right corner. It was the second goal of the year for Munoz-Aguilar. The Cougars evened the score at 1-1 on a goal from Cloee Colohan at the 10:04 mark. The teams played out the first half tied at 1-1. Pacific was outshot 5-2 in the first half.
In the early moments of the second half, Colett Jepson Smith scored at the 45:53 mark to give BYU a 2-1 lead. The Tigers had four shots to even it up, with Sandra Padilla, Brittni Beeman, Milan Cabrera and Haylee Bettencourt getting shots for Pacific. BYU added another goal at 82:12, as Elia Johnson gave the Cougars a 3-1 lead.
For the game, the Tigers were outshot 14-6 and BYU had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Tashia Long had seven saves, including a save on a penalty kick at 56:05.
The Tigers finish the 2013 season with a game at San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 9. The game begins at 1:00 p.m.