Tigers Rally For 3-2 Overtime Win Against Gonzaga on Senior Night
The Pacific women's soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first four minutes to come away with a 3-2 overtime victory over Gonzaga on Friday, Nov. 1 at Knoles Field. Pacific improved to 4-10-3 overall, 3-3-1 in West Coast Conference games, while Gonzaga dropped to 5-10-1, 1-5-0 in WCC play.
Just 2:40 into overtime senior Maricela Padilla took a long pass from senior Brittni Beeman as Padilla and Gonzaga goalkeeper Christie Tombari both rushed towards it. Padilla took the ball and put it over the end line to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory in overtime.
"I am so happy for our seniors, said Head Coach Keith Coleman. "Emotions were running high at the beginning and Gonzaga took advantage of that with early goals. The composure that we played with from that point on was remarkable. Brittni brought us back with two huge goals and Cela finished it off it overtime."
The Bulldogs scored twice in the early going, leaving the Tigers reeling just 3:31 into the match. Karley Baggerly scored at 2:36 after a couple of nice passes set up a goal to the right side. Tori Lee then scored off of a free kick from 18 yards out, around the Tiger wall to make it 2-0. Beeman scored the Tigers' first goal on a great pair of passes from freshman Ebony Ezeji and Padilla. Pacific trailed 2-1 at halftime. Pacific outshot the Bulldogs 7-6 in the first half.
Beeman struck again for the Tigers at the 61:55 mark, after junior Sasha Moscatello raced up the sidelines and crossed it beautifully for a header into the right side. The Bulldogs had more chances in the second half with an 8-3 advantage in shots, but were unable to get one past goalkeeper Tashia Long playing in her final home game. Long had a season-high eight saves for the Tigers.
The Tigers are next in action with a game at Brigham Young on Thursday, Nov. 7. The game is set for a 6:00 p.m. start.