Maultsby Scores Game Winner As Tigers Best LaSalle
A trip to the East Coast has proven to be just what the Tigers needed. Pacific Field Hockey was victorious over LaSalle, 2-1, at Buckley Field on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia. With the victory, its second in as many days, Pacific improves to 2-4 on the year. The Explorers fell to 1-5 with the loss.
Just minutes into the contest; Leah Cofer again found the back of net for her second goal of the season and her second in as many days. Senior Emily Tregoning assisted the redshirt freshman, who tapped it in from the near post to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead over the Explorers.
Cofer, who is seeing her first action of the year in Philadelphia, has been a spark for the Tigers, making an immediate impact on the offensive side of the field in her debut season.
Cofer's contribution to the score line would hold as the only goal of the game going into halftime, despite two shots and four penalty corners for LaSalle. In the second period of play, Pacific largely withstood an offensive barrage by the Explorers, with goalkeeper Molly Macierz making seven saves while LaSalle took 14 shots and was awarded eight penalty corners. Macierz's only blemish came in the 57th minute after the Explorers were awarded a penalty corner. Maddy Tettelbach put in a corner to Olivia Shoemaker, who converted to give tie the score at 1-1.
Pacific would not be deterred, however. In the 64th minute, senior Melissa Maultsby fired a waist high shot past LaSalle goalkeeper Lisa Shaffer to give the Tigers a late 2-1 lead. Senior Katelyn Tatar was credited with the assist on the goal. Maultbsy leads the Tigers with three goals on the year after finish second on the team with seven in 2012. LaSalle's effort to even the score again came up short, despite two shots and two penalty corners in the waning moments of the game.
Pacific will hope to continue their successful trip to Philadelphia as they take on St. Francis (PA) at Drexel's Buckley Field at 10 a.m. Pacific time Saturday.