Berkeley, Calif. – Pacific Field Hockey battled all afternoon, but fell to No. 20 Northwestern on Sunday, September 2 in a designated home game on Maxwell Family Field on the campus of the University of California. Notching her first collegiate goal in the contest was freshman Kelsey Gulledge who collected a score in the second half.
The win improved Northwestern to 4-1, the loss drops Pacific to 2-2.
Northwestern got out to the early lead over the Tigers just over five minutes into the first half with a goal by Charlotte Martin. The ball was dribbled into the middle of the circle by Tara Puffenberger who dished it to Martin to beat Pacific keeper Molly Macierz.
Then just a few minutes later the Tigers had a great opportunity when they were awarded a penalty stroke. Junior and leading point scorer Emily Tregoning was sent to the line for the attempt. She ripped the stroke to the top right corner of the cage, but it knocked the crossbar to leave the score at 1-0.
The Tigers defense and Macierz would stand strong for most of the opening half until Tara Puffenberger gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead after receiving a cross pass from Maria Kovalchuk.
The Wildcats would tack on another goal to make the score 3-0, but Pacific would not go away easy, answering that score in the 59th minute. The true freshman Gulledge controlled the ball in the middle of the circle and ripped a shot at the approaching keeper. The first shot was stopped, but much like the Tigers as a whole this afternoon Gulledge never quit to grab her own rebound and send it past the keeper to make the score 3-1.
But, Northwestern would respond with two more goals to put the score at 5-1 with scores in the 60th and 62nd minute.
Pacific is back in action on Sunday, September 9 in a designated home game at Stanford against Iowa.