Stanford, Calif. – Pacific Field Hockey returned to action with a contest against the 14th-ranked team in the nation Stanford on Friday, October 19. The Tigers kept it close but fell to the Cardinal 5-1 on the Varsity Field Turf in Stanford.
The victory improved Stanford to 10-6 (4-0 NorPac), while the loss dropped Pacific to 5-11 (1-4 NorPac).
Pacific had the first chance of the game off a corner when Emily Trudeau ripped a shot at the Cardinal keeper. The ball popped into the air and was controlled by Kelsey Gulledge in front of the cage. The freshman sent it just high of the crossbar leaving the contest scoreless.
Then, in the 10th minute Stanford scored when Maddie Secco knocked in a shot that was tipped by the Tigers diving keeper Ashlee Schlesier, but rolled into the cage.
However, the Tigers answered quickly when junior Melissa Maultsby recorded her sixth goal of the season in the 14th minute. The play was set up when junior Emily Tregoning dropped a dime to Maultsby from the right sideline to the middle of the circle. Maultsby controlled the ball from seven yards out and spun to the left to open up a shooting lane against the solo defender. She then ripped the backhand past the keeper to tie the score at 1-1.
Stanford answered with another goal in the 17th minute to take a 2-1 lead, but the Pacific keeper Schlesier would settle in to leave the score there heading into the break. The San Diego, Calif. native tallied seven of her 13 total saves in the opening half.
The second half was kept close, but Stanford would extend its lead after scoring off a pair of penalty corners and adding a late goal. Pacific remained on the attack in the final half, but could not find the back of the cage, leaving the final score at 5-1.
The Tigers are off until the regular season finale next Sunday, October 28 at NorPac rival UC Davis.