Tigers Nipped by No. 5 BYU

Tigers Nipped by No. 5 BYU

Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's soccer team fell to #5 BYU 4-0 on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Tigers to 1-14-1 overall, 1-6 in WCC action while the victory lifts the Cougars to 15-2-1, 6-1-1 in conference play. 

"We could have given up a long time ago. We saw ourselves down 3-0 at the half and only gave up one more in the second and I think that's huge for us," says head coach Kerri Scroope. "We re-grouped in the second half we had the ball much more offensively. Unfortunately, they got their fourth goal during a transition, but we didn't quit and I'm proud of them."

BYU opened up the scoring in the 18th minute when leading scorer Ashley Hatch netted her 17th goal of the season as she danced around the defender and sent the ball to the far post. Looking to tie the score, Sigird Aas lined up five yards off the top of the box for a free kick. Aas' shot made it over the Cougar wall but the goalie gobbled up the potential equalizer. The Cougars would add two more scores, in the 38th minute and right before the end of the half to go into the break up 3-0.

Michele Viasconcelos widened the Cougar lead early in the second half to bring the score to 4-0. Shortly after the Tigers lined up for a corner kick looking to get on the board. Ebony Ezeji sent the ball into the box that met a Cougar defender and the ricochet made it to Kendall Bietsch who fired a bullet towards the goal but her shot was blocked by a sea of defenders. In the closing minutes of regulation Pacific would get another free position look, this time outside the left side of the box. Hannah Terry sent an opportunity towards the goal but ball sailed just wide.

The Tigers will have their final home game of the season next Saturday against Pepperdine and will look to spoil the Waves' WCC championship chances. The showdown with the Waves will also be Senior Day as we honor the graduating seniors who will be playing their final game at Knoles Field.