San Diego, Calif. – The Pacific women's soccer team dropped a road contest at No. 20 San Diego Friday night, 4-0, as the Toreros scored three second-half goals.
The play of the pitch was closer than the score would indicate as the Tigers were outshot 10-7, including a 6-4 USD advantage in shots on goal. The Toreros picked up a pair of goals off set pieces, and added a penalty kick goal.
Senior forward Kristina Wavoma posted three of the Tigers' shots, including two on goal. The Tigers fall to 1-2-0 on the season, with both losses coming against ranked opponents. San Diego improves to 3-0-0.
"San Diego is a good team," head coach Keith Coleman said. "It was seven shots to 10, and you lose 4-0… that's a hard pill to swallow. We had some communication breakdowns and showed our 'newness' defensively. That's just something we're going to have to work on and get corrected in a hurry before Sunday's match, against a very tough opponent who's hungry to get their first win. We have to prepare ourselves for that, come out against USC and try to get a split this weekend."
San Diego tallied the lone goal of the first half in the 15th minute. Off a corner kick, Stephanie Ochs sent a cross into the box for San Diego, which was knocked down. USD's first shot by Eli Magracia hit the right post, but the rebound came to Natalie Garcia, who drove it home for a 1-0 Toreros lead 14:50 into the match.
Each team posted five shots and three shots on goal in the first half, but with a 6-1 advantage in corners, the Toreros led in scoring opportunities. Kristina Wavomba and Laura Hogan each attempted two shots, with one each on target, but San Diego goalkeeper Courtney Parsons made three first-half saves.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tashia Long posted a pair of saves in the first frame for the Tigers.
Just out of halftime, USD added a goal from Sierra Ferreira, as the Toreros ran the end line and chipped it in front of the net and in off an assist from Meghan O'Rourke.
Minutes later, USD was gifted with a penalty kick, awarded for seemingly innocuous contact between two players in the box. Ochs finished to the right side for a 3-0 Toreros lead.
In the 80th minute, USD scored off a restart as Long made the save on the initial shot by Ferreira, but the rebound came to Mariah Butera, who buried it for the final margin.
Parsons finished with four saves to earn the clean sheet for San Diego.
The Tigers are back in action on Sunday as they conclude the USD Tournament with a neutral site match against USC, who fell 3-2 to Kansas in the tournament's opener. Kickoff is slated for approximately 2:30, following the conclusion of Kansas and USD.