Tigers Blank Aggies 1-0

Photo Courtesy of Sean Kahler
Photo Courtesy of Sean Kahler

Davis, Calif. - The Pacific Tigers defeated the UC Davis Aggies 1-0 Friday afternoon, winning for the third time in their last four games.  The win came in the America East Conference opener for both teams, each of whom joined the conference for the first time this season. Pacific is now 4-4 on the season. The Tigers will take on Missouri State Sunday in their first home game since September 6.  The game will be played at noon.

The Tigers finished their three-game road trip 2-1, having defeated VCU and UC Davis while only falling to No. 14 Delaware 1-0.  Pacific will play one game at home before heading to Michigan for a three-game road trip against Central Michigan, Michigan, and Michigan State.

The first half saw no goals scored despite seven shots from the Tigers.  Savannah Burns, Alicia Muiños, and Ali Campos led the way for Pacific shot-wise, with Burns recording five shots and Muiños and Campos each coming away with four in the game.  In all, the Tigers outshot UC Davis 17-8 in the game. 

"We played our most complete game today," said Coach Andy Smith.  "It was a great team performance and we were unlucky not to score three or four goals."

Campos also recorded a defensive save late in the first half, her first of the season.  It was the second defensive save of the season for the Tigers, with Emma Leach also recording one.

Kelsey Gulledge scored her second goal of the year to break the deadlock at 49:02.  The goal came on Pacific's 15th shot of the game, as the Tigers controlled the pace of play but were unable to get one by goalie Erica Cohen.  Gulledge tipped a shot by Burns in from just a few feet outside the goal, redirecting the ball into the upper left of the cage to make it 1-0.  The assist was Burns' eighth point of the season, setting a new career high after the sophomore scored seven points last season.

A penalty corner with 15 seconds remaining was UC Davis last chance to tie up the game.  The Aggies sent their shot wide, however, sealing the victory for Pacific as time expired.

The goal held as the only score of the game, as Laura Pujade made four saves to record her second shutout of the season.  In her last four games, Pujade has allowed just two goals.  Pujade has made 14 saves in that time, raising her save percentage to .755 from .697 before that streak.  The junior goalkeeper now has a shutout streak of 113 minutes, with one goal allowed in her last 188:35.

Make sure to follow Pacific field hockey on Twitter with the user name @PacificTigersFH and on Instagram at pacifictigersfh.  The Tigers game against Missouri State can be followed online via the live stats or live video stream links available on the Pacific athletics website.