Tigers Edged In Exhibition Play At Nevada

#23 Samia Adam - Photo Courtesy of Keith Sanpei
#23 Samia Adam - Photo Courtesy of Keith Sanpei

Reno, Nev. - Katelyn Chandler and Sandra Padilla scored for the Tigers, but the Pacific women's soccer team came up just short on the road at Nevada as the Wolf Pack came up with a 3-2 win on Friday, August 12. In the loss the Tigers found their offensive flow with a goal in each half but came up just short thanks to a hat-trick scored by the Wolf Pack's Angel Meriwether.

"There were a lot of positives for us tonight," head coach Kerri Scroope said. "Coming back and tie the game at 1-1, and then to keep fighting back after an unfortunate PK and breakaway goals, shows that this team has the fight in them, and came out to work hard and compete. One of the things this team struggled with last season was offense, but tonight we put eight shots on net, and we finished off chances for two goals. That's really huge for us."

The scoring started early in the contest for the two teams as the Wolf Pack got on the board first in the 16th minute of play when Meriwether scored her first goal of the game with a singular effort. The scoring put the Wolf Pack up early, but the Tigers would respond in the 33rd minute with a strike from newcomer Chandler. Chandler found herself with a scoring chance thanks to a perfect feed from Samia Adam.

The score would remain tied into the half and just into the second half until a mistake by the Tigers' defense inside the penalty box led to a penalty kick in the 51st minute. The Wolf Pack would look to Meriwether to take the chance which she would convert for her second goal of the night and a 2-1 lead for Nevada. Just four minutes later she would strike for the third time in the game for with yet another unassisted effort as the Wolf Pack sophomore would score what would be the game-winning goal.

Down two goals, the Tigers would continued to press in an effort to get back into the game before finally breaking through for the second time with just three minutes to play in the game. Taking a pass in a dangerous spot from Adam, Padilla would make the most of her opportunity in front of the goal to score the Tigers' second goal of the game. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the strike in the 88th minute would be their last as time would run out before notching a leveling goal.

Overall, the two teams played nearly even as the Wolf Pack held an 11-10 shot advantage in the contest, with the Tigers putting seven on frame.

Sophomore Regan Heslop got the start in goal and played the first half, while junior Melissa Ma played the second half and registered four saves.

Pacific, in the first year under Scroope as head coach, will continue its preseason work for the next week before kicking off the regular season.

"We can grow from this, Scroope said. "We know that we have some things to work on, specifically on the defensive end, where we some lapses and Nevada made us pay for them. We'll get back to practice and focus on cleaning up the defensive end, but there were a lot of bright spots tonight."

The Tigers will open the regular season at home on Sunday, August 21 against Cal Poly at Knoles Field in a 1 p.m. start time.