September 16, 2011

Pacific Women's Soccer Posts Fourth-Straight Win With 3-0 Whitewash of Arizona

Tucson, Ariz. - Once you get on a roll, you're on a roll. A phrased uttered by Pacific women's soccer head coach Keith Coleman held true as the Tigers barreled through the Arizona Wildcats Friday night for their fourth-straight victory. The Tigers opened the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Cats Classic with a 3-0 shutout of host Arizona on two goals from Kristina Wavomba and one from Laura Hogan.

Pacific (5-3) posted its fourth-straight shutout, and has racked up 12 goals in the last four matches.

"We started off really well. We were dangerous on set pieces again, and Dub [Wavomba] played extremely well," Coleman said. "Our backline played very well, as Tashia [Long] got another shutout. It wasn't as rhythmic as we'd have liked. In the second half, we lost some of our style. They bunched the middle, and we fell into it. That was a smart move on their part. They're a good team. But now it's time to get ready for Arizona State."

Just three minutes into the match, a restart led to a goal, as sophomore defender Brittni Beeman played it from midfield, and off a strong run, Wavomba deflected into the net.

Wavomba tallied again in the 79th minute, making a run through the defense and accepting a pass from Angelica Figueroa. Goalkeeper Ashley Jett came out and was there for the challenge, but Wavomba recovered and collected the loose ball behind her, finishing it for her fifth goal of the year.

The goal put the senior into the select group of seven Tigers with 20 or more career goals. She is now alone in fourth with 21 goals. Her 11 assists this season bring her career point total to 53, one back of Tigers current assistant coach Carmen Padilla (2003-06) for fourth on the Tigers' leaderboard.

In the 84th minute, senior forward Laura Hogan put Pacific up three, converting on a breakaway from the top of the box by finishing to the lower right corner for her third goal of the season.

Sophomore Tashia Long stretched her shut-out streak to 444:43 with her fourth-straight clean sheet and fifth of the season, recording three saves.

Arizona's best scoring chance came in the 84th minute, when Renae Cuellar hit the crossbar on a restart from just outside the box. The Wildcats fall to 0-7 on the season.

Pacific out-shot Arizona 14-7, and played the final 61 minutes with an 11-on-10 advantage after an Arizona red card.

The Tigers will go for a fifth-straight win on Sunday, at 11:00 am against Arizona State at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Cats Classic. Pacific returns home to face San Jose State on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at Stagg Memorial Stadium.