East Lansing, Mich. – Pacific Field Hockey fell in a defensive battle to Central Michigan 2-1 on Sunday, September 30. The Tigers and Chippewas headed into the half tied at one, but a goal early in the second half propelled Central Michigan to victory.
The loss dropped Pacific to 3-8, while Central Michigan improved to 5-6.
Central Michigan got the scoring started when Erin Dye put in her first goal of the season in the 20th minute. However, just over three minutes later the Tigers would answer after being awarded a penalty stroke in the circle. Pacific sent junior midfielder Emily Tregoning to the spot and she connected with her second penalty stroke and fourth goal of the season.
The score remained tied at one heading into the half.
The Tigers and Chippewas remained tied until the 45:43 mark when Ellen Riley found the back of the cage to grab a 2-1 advantage, which would prove to be enough for the victory.
The second half was a defensive struggle between the two squads. Pacific senior goalkeeper Ashlee Schlesier turned away the final five shots in the second frame to keep the Central Michigan attack from scoring.
Late into the contest Pacific pulled its keeper for an extra attacker, but the Tigers could not find the back of the cage despite receiving two penalty corners in the 63rd and 64th minute.
Pacific will look to bounce back tomorrow in its final contest of the trip to Michigan with a game against No. 22 Michigan State. The contest is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. ET.