October 21, 2010

Pacific Tops UC Davis, 1-0, in Women's Soccer

Oct. 21, 2010

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Post-game video of coach Keith Coleman
Post-game video of Topp's interview

STOCKTON, Calif. - Alex Topp scored early on a header as the Pacific women's soccer team remained unbeaten at home Thursday with a 1-0 win over UC Davis at Stagg Memorial Stadium. The Tigers improve to 7-6-3 overall, 4-2-0 in the Big West, tied for second in the conference. Pacific is 4-0-1 at home with five shutouts.

In the 11th minute, freshman Brittni Beeman played a long pass in from midfielder and Topp headed it over the keeper into the right side of the net for a 1-0 Pacific lead. The goal was the first of the season for the junior midfielder, while Beeman, a defender, picked up her second assist of the year.

"We've been working a lot of free kicks and set plays. Topp is one of our targets and I was happy to see her get one," head coach Keith Coleman said. "I don't know what you can say about our defense. They have been stellar all fall. And they continue to be impressive and Jill is playing great."

Redshirt senior Jill Medigovich recorded three saves for her fifth shutout of the season. She also played the first half in two combined shutouts, as the Tigers posted their seventh clean sheet of the season.

"I'm really excited about the way our backline is playing," Coleman continued. "Natalie Wong taking away their best offensive mid... I felt really good about the way she played tonight."

The Aggies offense entered the match with five goals in their last three matches and 19 for the season. The UC Davis average of 1.36 goals per game ranked third in the Big West entering the game.

Medigovich and freshman keeper Tashia Long have combined for 470 minutes of scoreless soccer at home this season.

Pacific out-shot the Aggies 18-7, including a 10-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Tigers also held a 6-3 margin in corner kicks.

The Tigers dominated the first half, out-shooting the Aggies 11-3 and controlling midfield. Pacific had a number of chances early in the match as senior forward Sammi Teramae and sophomore midfielder Maricela Padilla were each denied by Aggies' goalkeeper Kathleen Brendl in the first minute. Topp also had a shot blocked in the sixth minute leading to a corner kick. Off the corner, Beeman's header sailed high as the Tigers poured on the pressure.

In the 15th minute, junior forward Kristina Wavomba's chance was denied by Rachel Kahn's team save, clearing the ball off the line.

The second half turned chippy, with five yellow cards issued, three to UC Davis players and one to Pacific. UC Davis head coach Maryclaire Robinson was issued a yellow card and red card in the 56th minute.

With the victory, the Tigers move closer to a Big West tournament berth. Four teams cannot catch the Tigers in the standings, as Pacific sits tied for second with CS Northridge. Two points back of the Tigers sits Long Beach State, which faces Northridge on Sunday. With a Northridge win Sunday, the Tigers can secure a berth in the tournament with only a draw against the 49ers on Oct. 29.

The Tigers are idle until the match against Long Beach State, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at Stagg Memorial Stadium. Pacific can potentially lock up a berth prior to that as fifth place Cal State Fullerton plays UC Santa Barbara (Sunday) and CS Northridge (Thursday) and a pair of losses by the Titans would shore up a tourney bid for the Tigers.

"It's nice to be ahead of the curve instead of fighting from behind," Coleman concluded. "We obviously have to go into the weekend looking for two wins, but it's nice to be in the position where we feel like we're a strong contender."