Tigers Draw Northridge in Women's Soccer Opener, 1-1

Stockton, Calif. - Senior Alex Topp gave the Pacific women's soccer team a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute, but Cal State Northridge scored the first goal by an opponent at Stagg Memorial Stadium this season to earn a 1-1 tie in double overtime Friday night in the Big West opener for both teams.

Pacific (6-4-1 overall, 0-0-1) tallied off a restart near midfield, as sophomore defender Brittni Beeman sent a long service into the box, which Topp redirected past the goalkeeper for her fourth goal of the season.

The goal gave the senior 10 for her career as she became the 16th Tiger to score double-digit career goals.

The game went to the half with the Tigers holding a 1-0 lead, outshooting Northridge 6-4.

The Tigers were eight minutes from their fifth consecutive home shutout, but Heidi Farran settled a pass into the box, cut back and finished to the upper panel of the goal to knot the match at 1-1.

The goal was the first allowed at home by Pacific this season, snapping a home shutout streak at 422:34.

The Matadors tallied nine shots in the second half, for a 13-11 edge at the end of regulation.

In the first overtime period, neither team could get a shot off. The Tigers nearly beat the clock, as senior Laura Hogan came in and ripped a shot passed the keeper with the clock reading 0:00. The shot was most likely too late to count as the game-winner, but the Tigers were ruled offside on the play.

In the second overtime, the Tigers tallied three shots, with Alex Topp putting one on frame in the 102nd minute, but Northridge goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo was there for the save.

Pacific sophomore goalkeeper Tashia Long made three saves in the match, while Jacobo finished with seven saves for Cal State Northridge (2-6-2, 0-0-1).  With the one goal allowed, Long's goals against average at home increases to a still minuscule 0.19. Through 11 matches, Long has a 1.16 total GAA with six shutouts.

The last seven matches between the Tigers and Matadors have been decided by one goal or less, with three wins and a draw for each side, including four matches finishing in overtime.

"We know this is tough. The Big West games are all extremely close," head coach Keith Coleman said. "We wanted the win, and we were [seven and a half minutes] away from the win. I thought we played well, and I thought they played well.  It was a good game, a pretty normal opening Big West game. We're happy with the fact that we had some really good moments.  We just need to put a complete game together, staring on Sunday."

Pacific is back in action on Sunday, at noon, against No. 18 UC Irvine.  The Tigers will be playing their annual Pacific Plays Pink match, with the Tigers donning pink uniforms and donating proceeds towards breast cancer research. Fans are encourage to wear pink to the match.