Sept. 26, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - On a chilly night at Negoesco Stadium, San Francisco fought a tough and physical Pacific, only to fall 2-1 in non-conference action. The Dons drop to 4-6-1 on the season, while the win brings Pacific to 8-1-1.
Senior forward Chelsea Hunt scored for USF in the 76th minute, bringing the game to within one goal. Hunt got a foot on the ball about eight yards out and put it into the right hand corner of the goal. Junior midfielder Lauren Tweet and freshman forward Samantha Brand were credited with the assists. The Dons played aggressive and had a few good chances to tie up the game, but fell short as the time ran down.
Pacific got on the board first when sophomore midfielder Andrea Carrara headed the ball just passed USF's sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson (1-3-1) off a cross by sophomore midfielder Laura King at 59:12. Seven minutes later, Big West conference leading scorer, junior forward Mandi Van Dorn earned her fifth goal of the year when she found a loose ball five yards out and shot into an open goal. Freshman forward Alysse Valenzuela earned the assist.
USF had the advantage in corner kicks by one, 4-3, and both teams came away with 13 shots in the match. Hodgson had three saves and Tigers junior goalie Jaime Souza (8-1-1) had four.
Dons' head coach Pamela Kalinoski spoke about the loss. "This was a tough game. The girls battled and engaged in a physical match. They played great the last 20 minutes, but against a team like this, you have to play the entire 90 minutes like that. We just got punished for our mistakes today."
USF returns to action on Saturday, September 30 against BYU in Provo, UT. Kick off is set for 6:00 PM Pacific.