Hoosiers Sneak Past Tigers 5-3

Photo Courtesy of Keith Sanpei
Photo Courtesy of Keith Sanpei

The Pacific Tigers fell to the Indiana Hoosiers 5-3 today in the second of their three-game weekend.  Pacific will play against the Saint Louis Billikens tomorrow at noon to finish their home stand.  The Tigers are now 1-3 this season, while Indiana's record moves to 2-2 with the victory.

Savannah Burns scored twice for the Tigers, with her first goal tying the game 22 minutes in when she carried the ball across the circle and fired it home for the goal.  Katharine Egan had the assist on the goal that made it 1-1 after Rachel Stauffer opened the scoring for Indiana.

Kelsey Gulledge's first goal of the season gave Pacific the lead just four minutes later.  Gulledge's first shot was knocked away by Indiana's Noelle Rother.  The rebound went right back to Gulledge, who was able to knock it home to make it 2-1.  The goal was unassisted.

Morgan Dye scored two goals for the Hoosiers, with the first tying the game at 34:55.  Dye deflected Karen Lorite's shot over Pacific's Laura Pujade for her first goal, with her second goal coming out of a scrum at 49:47 in the second half, with the assist going to Maddie Latino.  Lorite also scored for Indiana, deflecting Maddie Latino's shot in the early goings of the second half.

The Tigers cut the deficit to 4-3 with Burns' second goal of the day coming off a corner.  Emma Leach sent the ball in to Hannah Tvergyak, who stopped it and got it to Burns.  Burns was able to send a hard shot off of Rother's pads and over the goalie into the top of the net for the goal.

Pujade made a tremendous 1-on-1 save with 10:50 left in the game to keep the Tigers in it.  Pujade was left alone after Indiana got behind the defense but was able to force the Hoosier attacker to the side and kick the ball away, ending the threat.

Indiana scored again with 2:30 left in the game after the Tigers pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.  Sydney Supica had the goal.

Pacific will host the Saint Louis Billikens tomorrow at noon before heading on the road for the first time this season.  The Tigers will face VCU, Delaware, and UC Davis on the road before returning home to play Missouri State on September 27.

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