September 9, 2011

Tigers Score Early, Hold Off UNLV 2-0

The Pacific women's soccer team was impressive in a 2-0 shutout at Stagg Memorial Stadium on Friday evening, behind first half goals from Alex Topp and Pernille Schulze-Larsen. The start of the match was delayed by 45 minutes, due to a thunderstorm that had both teams move to their locker rooms.
 
The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead with just under 10 minutes gone by in the first half after Topp connected on a shot to the top right corner of the goal with a left footed attempt. She was helped out on a outstanding set up from Schulze-Larsen and Angelica Figueroa. The great passing set an early tone that would continue throughout the match. "We've been working on that play exactly," said Topp. "It was a great ball from Angelica that she played to me and I one-touch shot it and put it on frame."

Pacific's second tally came later in the half on another assist from Figueroa, as Schulze-Larsen found the back of the net on a header at the 43:27 of the first half. The Tigers out-shot UNLV 6-3 in the first half, keeping the ball on the offensive end a majority of the first 45 minutes.

In a second half battle, neither team was able to tally a goal. The Tigers again controlled the ball in the final 45 minutes, out-shooting the Rebels 5-3. UNLV did have six corner kicks in the match, to just three for Pacific, including a 4-2 advantage in the second half.

"I think it's starting to come together and that's the important thing," said head coach Keith Coleman. "There were moments that were really good. Topp's goal was just a fantastic first goal and Pernille's was an outstanding effort goal."

With the win, the Tigers improved to 3-3 on the season and 3-1 against unranked teams. UNLV dropped to 1-4-1 on the year.

The Tigers are next in action with a home game against Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Sept. 11 at noon.