Padilla Scores Game-Winner In Overtime For Pacific's First WCC Win
Senior Maricela Padilla scored just over four minutes into overtime as the Pacific women's soccer team defeated Saint Mary's 1-0 on Friday, Oct. 11. The Tigers are now 2-8-2 on the season, 1-1-0 in West Coast Conference play, while the Gaels drop to 5-8-0 on the year, 1-1-0 in WCC play. It was Pacific's first WCC win after joining the conference this season.
Four minutes into the overtime period, sophomore Zarette Munoz-Aguilar came open on the offensive end. Munoz-Aguilar found Padilla in the middle ahead of the defense and Cela got her shot off just past the goalkeeper for the victory. Padilla also scored the game-winning goal against Saint Mary's in Moraga last year, as the Tigers won 3-2 in overtime on September 20, 2012.
"We're really excited about today's effort," said Head Coach Keith Coleman. "The purpose of this season was to have a good WCC season, and this game along with the effort against Portland was outstanding. The heart that this team showed to come back after down a player and to get the game-winner in overtime was tremendous."
The Tigers outshot the Gaels 7-2 in the first half, while controlling the ball on the offensive end for a majority of the half. Junior Mirella Mattos had three shots for the Tigers, while Padilla added a pair of shots. Padilla had the Tigers' best scoring opportunity, just missing from 20 yards out as her shot hit the top of the goal post in the 28th minute.
Zarette Munoz-Aguilar missed just high with a left-footed attempt at the 64:46 mark. At 76:06 senior Milan Cabrera was issued a red card, so the Tigers played down a player for the final 13 minutes. A free kick just outside the box by Jessica Castillo went into the Tigers' wall. The Gaels had a big opportunity with a minute left in regulation, when goalkeeper Tashia Long came out to play a ball that bounded off her and headed to the goal. Senior Brittni Beeman swept across and cleared the ball out of bounds to save a sure goal.
The Tigers outshot Saint Mary's 15-10, though the teams were even in shots in the second half and overtime. Long had four saves for the Tigers.
The Tigers are next in action with a home game against San Francisco at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct 18.