Sacramento, Calif. – The Pacific women's soccer team posted a 3-0 shutout at Sacramento State Friday evening, behind goals from Brittni Beeman, Liz Higashino and Laura Hogan. With the win, Pacific runs its unbeaten streak over the Hornets to 14 straight matches, and improves to 12-1-4 in the all-series.
The Tigers controlled through out, out-shooting the Hornets 7-3 in the first half, and taking a 2-0 lead into intermission. The Pacific defense held the Hornets to just two shots on goal, both turned aside by sophomore goalkeeper Tashia Long for her second shutout of the season.
Just 7:16 into the match, junior Laura Hernandez sent a corner kick into the box, and after it was headed to the far side of the box off a defender, Beeman collected it and blasted it into the near side, through the goalkeeper for the first goal of the year by the sophomore defender and 2010 Big West Freshman of the Year.
Late in the first half, freshman defender/midfielder Liz Higashino put the Tigers up 2-0 by blasting home a shot from the top of the box after gathering a loose ball and turning to face the goal.
Pacific took a 2-0 lead into halftime, out-shooting Sacramento State 7-3 in the first stanza, including a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal.
I think that the two early ones were nice. Beeman got the first goal," head coach Keith Colemand said. "She's been playing really well all year, so that was a nice reward for her for all her efforts on the defensive end. Liz (Higashino) has also been playing in the back, and we slid up into a defensive midfield role and she did a really good job on [her assignment] and then to turn around and get us a goal was icing on the cake. It was a nice couple of chances we finished in the first half and then I felt the second half we really calmed things down and controlled the ball with a possession game."
Hogan tallied in the 59th minute, as senior midfielder Angelica Figueroa sent a pass which senior midfielder Alex Topp one-touched a through ball to set up the senior for her second goal of the season. From the left side, Hogan beat Sac State keeper Savannah Abercrombie to the lower right for a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers attempted one shot in the second half, Hogan's goal, as Pacific played possession. The Tigers were not without offensive chances, however, sending through balls and crosses into the box.
"I felt we did a good job with possession in the second half and really commanded what went on. The one goal was three one-touch passes. We were looking for that exact set-up and we can't ask for much more than that," Coleman added.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 2-3 on the season and 2-1 against unranked teams. Sacramento State falls to 1-4-0 on the year. Pacific has not lost to the Hornets since the 1994 season.
The Tigers return home to host UNLV on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at Stagg Memorial Stadium, followed by a Sunday home contest with Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Sept. 11 at noon.