Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific Field Hockey team travels to Berkeley, Calif. Sunday, September 25, looking for an upset of the No. 12 California Golden Bears. It is the fourth NorPac Conference game for the Tigers, and their second opportunity to take on California. The Golden Bears defeated Pacific in their first matchup at Brookside Field.
Pacific will take to the road for the first time since its trip to Rhode Island on September 11. For the trip the Orange and Black went 1-2, but kick started what seemed to be a revived offense.
On Sunday, Pacific will need a solid performance from goalkeeper Ashlee Schlesier. The junior from San Diego, Calif. is tied for 12th in the nation with 7.83 saves per game. Also, Schlesier will rely on her defense, which is tied for 10th in the nation with four defensive saves. Junior Emily Trudeau leads the Tigers after recording two defensive saves against Stanford on September 17.
Head Coach Linda MacDonald looks to build off the team's strong performance against the Cardinal last weekend, saying, "we played excellent as a team against Stanford, it all began with a great warm-up with a lot of intensity."
Senior Amanda Spellman and freshman Tarah Trotter look to lead the Tiger offensive attack. The duo has four of the Tigers' seven goals this season, including three in a thrilling last minute victory over the Brown Bears. In order for the Tigers to beat California, MacDonald knows her team needs to continue the aggressive play saying, "we need to take good shots once we are in the opponents territory, and continue to attack the defensive zone."
The Tigers return home after Sunday's contest, to take on Robert Morris on Sunday, October 2 at noon on Brookside Field.