Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Field Hockey's seniors shined in their final game on Brookside Field in a 2-1 victory over California on Sunday, October 14. Senior Jenna Vivian scored the game winner, while senior Samantha Romero's first half goal got the Tigers on the board in Pacific's first NorPac Conference regular season victory since 2009. The victory was Pacific's first over its league foe, California, since a 2-1 triumph during the 2009 season in what was this senior class' first ever home contest.
Defensively it was a solid game for the entire Pacific squad, but senior Ashlee Schlesier headed the effort recording 11 saves, and posting a shut out for over 69 minutes of play. Also helping support the back was senior Emily Trudeau who tallied her 25th career defensive save to extend her Pacific record. The senior leads the country with 11 defensive saves in 2012.
Head Coach Linda MacDonald said of her keeper, "Ashlee played a great game. She really helped us stay in the game."
The victory improved Pacific to 5-10 and 1-3 in NorPac play, while the loss dropped the Golden Bears to 5-8 and 2-3 in the NorPac.
The first half played to a 0-0 draw until Romero stood in perfect position to deflect in the rebounded Trudeau shot in the 27th minute. It was Romero's fifth goal of the season. After struggling on offense on Friday it was the start the Pacific offense needed. Schlesier and the entire Tigers defense would hold the score at 1-0 heading into the second half.
Head Coach Linda MacDonald was proud of her seniors saying, "the seniors were on a mission, and it was so important for them to win this game. They were not going to let Cal come in here and beat them in their final home game."
Then, in the 57th minute Vivian would extend the Pacific lead with her fifth goal of the season. On the score Vivian stood in front of the California keeper to corral a Melissa Maultsby shot and put it to the back of the cage.
California would tack on a late goal with an extra attacker, but it was not enough to give Pacific the 2-1 victory.
Schlesier was so happy for her team after the victory saying, "It was a really big game, especially with it being Senior Day. In the cage I just had to be solid because I have such a good team in front of me."
Moving forward, the Tigers have a pair of games left in the regular season with Stanford and UC Davis, MacDonald said of the upcoming contests, "I think we are going to have to continue to attack on offense. I think we missed out on some opportunities today and we will need to capitalize on them moving forward."