#24 Pacific Edged By #12 Stanford

Savannah Burns - Photo by Christine Jacobsen
Savannah Burns - Photo by Christine Jacobsen

PALO ALTO, Calif. - In an extremely close contest, the #24 Pacific field hockey fell to #12 Stanford, 1-0 in their trip to Palo Alto Thursday evening.  Under the lights, Savannah Burns led the Orange and Black with five shots as Kriekie van Wyk added three.

The first 35 was scoreless as the Tigers threatened a handful of times. Junior van Wyk had a breakaway and took the shot as the Stanford 'keeper campout of the net to make the save.

Marlise van Tonder came in clutch for Pacific as Corinne Zanolli of Stanford ripped a shot off a penalty corner to the bottom left corner when van Tonder took a dive to make the save.

The first half was a draw as the Tigers edged the Cardinal in shots (6-4) and shots on goal (4-2) as Pacific also took two corners. Burns lead the team in shots in the first half with three as Axelle Steffen and van Wyk each took a shot.

The second half proved to be another back-and-forth contest as the two teams battled even up until the 59th minute of play when Stanford took the lead and the eventual game-winner, 1-0.

With 25 left to play, Pacific was awarded a penalty corner that nearly put them on the board. Emma Leach fed the ball to Nthabi Maine who laid down the stop for Burns when she rifled a shot that was saved by the 'keeper which then trickled back to Leach who took a stab but again the shot was saved.

Pacific had another chance as van Wyk had another breakaway with Alicia Muiños waiting at the net for the pass.  The junior passed it off to Muinos who dribbled the ball before taking the shot which was saved again by the 'keeper.

The Tigers weren't done with the shooting frenzy as they were awarded another corner with van Wyk and Burns ready to take the shot. Maine laid one down for van Wyk who blasted one that was shooed away by Stanford once again.

With 12 minutes left to play, Stanford made a run down the field as they crowded the front of the goal taking a shot and putting the ball past van Tonder and took the lead, 1-0.

Pacific had the advantage with two minutes left to play in the half after a Stanford green card, but the Tigers never found the back of the net.

The Orange and Black finished the night taking 12 total shots and five corners.

Goalkeeper van Tonder recorded six saves with seven shots on goal.

With the loss, the Tigers move to 3-4 as Stanford improves to 3-3.  The two will meet again in Stockton on Friday, October 20 at 3 p.m.

Next up, Pacific travels to Berkeley to tangle with the Golden Bears at 1 p.m on Saturday.  Live stats and live streaming will be available on pacifictigers.com.