Pacific Field Hockey Nipped By Cal Via Penalty Strokes
A second half goal from Kelsey Gulledge drew the Pacific field hockey team even with Cal Friday, but the Bears' took the 2-1 decision after overtime on Clara Goni's game winner in penalty strokes.
Trailing 1-0 at half, the Tigers found the equalizer with 28 minutes to go when Gulledge buried a rebound off a deflected shot in front of the Cal net. The sophomore's goal was her first of the season.
Pacific out-shot Cal 7-0 in the second half, but couldn't tally the go-ahead goal before overtime.
The Tigers forced Cal goalkeeper Courtney Hendrickson to make a pair of saves in extra time, while preventing a shot from getting through to Tigers goalie Molly Macierz. Yet, the score remained knotted at 1-1 after 100 minutes.
Cal opened the penalty strokes with a goal by Lara Kruggel, who's first-half goal had gotten the Bears on the board. Emily Tregoning answered, finishing her shot to even the shootout.
Monica Marrazzo gave a 2-1 Cal lead in strokes, and the Tigers' next three shooters - Hannah Bettencourt, Paige Counsman and Kyleigh Morrison - couldn't convert.
Macierz kept Pacific in it, keeping Allie Swartz and Natalie Gibbens off the board, but Goni finished in the fifth round to clinch the win for Cal.
Shots for the match were tied at 12 each, with Hendrickson making six saves and Pacific's defense allowing two on frame with Macierz posting a save.
Pacific falls to 0-1 in the NorPac and 2-7 overall, while Cal improves to 4-4 on the year and 1-1 in NorPac play. The NorPac opener for Pacific was a road game at Cal's Maxwell Family Field, with the Tigers and Bears slated to meet again on Sunday in Pacific's designated home game.
Sunday's noon contest will air nationally on the Pac-12 network.