STOCKTON, Calif. - A couple of first half goals doomed the Pacific women's soccer team on Friday night as the Tigers fell to visiting Fresno State 3-0 in their regular season opener. In her first game back in over a year, Alex Hussar had two of Pacific's 11 shots on the night as the Orange and Black outshot their opponent 11-8.
Fresno State got on the board first in the 35th minute as Ele Avery ripped a shot which was blocked by a defender, but the ricochet immediately found Julia Glaser who was able to tap it in for an early 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs added another just six minutes later as Kaitlyn Crooker sent a cross in front of the goal to Myra Delgadillo, and the senior sent it past the diving Henriikka Mäkelä for a quick 2-0 advantage going into the intermission.
In the 51st minute freshman Bryndís Rún Thórólfsdóttir stole the ball from the defender near the top of the box and ripped a shot looking to put Pacific on the board. However the Bulldog 'keeper made the diving save to keep the shutout alive.
The Tigers got another good look in the 64th minute as Taylor Ayers sent a rocket from outside of the box towards the goal, but once again goalie Marie Berwinkel-Kottman made a nice save hold Pacific scoreless.
The visitors would add one more insurance goal in the 87th minute to take a 3-0 lead, which would hold until the final whistle.
Mäkelä got her first collegiate start between the posts and played all 90 minutes. Hussar and Ayers both had a pair of shots, and nine Tigers recorded shots in the match.
The Tigers have a quick turnaround as they hit the road to take on Cal State Northridge this Sunday at 2 PM to kick off a three-match road trip.