Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's soccer team dropped a heartbreaker to the visiting San Diego Toreros 2-1 in overtime Thursday night. The loss brings the Tigers to 1-13-1 overall, 1-6 in WCC play while the Toreros go to 9-7-1, 4-3 in conference action. This was the second-consecutive overtime loss for the Tigers, but head coach Kerri Scroope likes the progress on the pitch.
"If you watch this team from the beginning of the year until now you see a very noticeable difference," says head coach Kerri Scroope. "It's two heartbreaking losses for us but eventually the bounces will be ours. You have to be proud of these girls and how far they've come."
The Tigers opened up the scoring in the 23rd minute when Sigrid Aas headed the ball near midfield that looked to be picked up by a defender but was stolen by Samia Adam who sprinted towards the goal. The drawn-out Torero goalie was not quick enough to stop Adam's shot and the Tigers were up 1-0. Defensively the Tigers were excellent in the first 45 minutes as the Toreros would rifle off 12 shots but were denied every time.
In the second half the Toreros were awarded a free kick near midfield. The kick found Ally Ocon who brought it up the right side and crossed it into the box but her pass was punched out by Lena Perry, keeping San Diego scoreless. In the 71st minute the Toreros finally broke through as Perry punched out a corner kick but the rebound found Jacqueline Altschuld by the post who was able to kick it in and knot the score at one goal apiece.
In sudden death overtime San Diego would fire off three more shots in the first ten minutes looking for that golden goal, but the Tiger defense denied them every time. With three minutes left in the second overtime Altschuld fired off shot that Perry saved but Julia Sherwood found the rebound and sent it in for the game-winner.
In her first start since early October, Perry limited the Toreros despite the visitors taking 26 shots on the night. The senior finished with six saves and denied may cross attempts by San Diego.
The Tigers are back in action this Saturday at 1 PM against #5 BYU as they open up the Pacific Soccer double header with the men's team who play at 7 PM. Lucky fans in attendance will receive a Tigers scarf to show off their Tiger Pride.