Stanford, Calif. – Pacific Field Hockey concluded its exhibition schedule against Stanford, dropping their final tune-up game, 9-2, on Sunday, August 21.
Stanford scored first after putting in a penalty corner from the top of the circle, followed by a goal at 27:46. With the Cardinal pushing the action with three more goals the Orange and Black got on the board late in the second half as they scored when Maggie Grindatti split the posts with just over two minutes left in the first half. The goal was set up after Dinah Compton beat a Stanford defender to a loose ball. After it was jarred loose, Grindatti beat the keeper with a nice move to put the ball in the back corner of the net.
The Tiger's added a second goal with 10:28 left in the game after Grindatti made a great move dribbling right of the goal and found Samantha Romero on a cross pass. Once in front of the net, Romero finished by beating the keeper to the back left corner.
Pacific fought all game, at the 30 minute mark in the first half Compton's shot was blocked on a penalty corner. The Tigers continued to attack, with one of Pacific's best scoring chances coming from a cross pass that was just out of the reach of Romero's stick.
Pacific battled in the second half, with just over 25 minutes remaining Samantha Romero had a breakaway chance, but was denied by the Stanford keeper. Offensively for the Cardinal they added four goals in the second half.
Linda MacDonald was pleased with her team's improvement during the pre-season saying, "yesterday was a big improvement and Stanford is a good team. We just have to play smarter and together as a team."
Tiger Field Hockey begins regular season play Friday, August 26 at UC Davis at 6 p.m.