Sept. 27, 2015
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STOCKTON, Calif. - Missouri State scored two consecutive goals and had two shot attempts with less than a minute left in regulation, but the Pacific Tigers were able to escape with a 4-3 win over the Bears at the Pacific Field Hockey Turf on Sunday, Sept. 27.
Pacific (5-4) led 2-0 at halftime and took a 4-1 lead in the second half before Missouri State (2-8) began its comeback bid.
Senior Leah Reitmayer notched her first goal of the season in a 1-on-1 opportunity with 12 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 4-2.
The Bears continued to mount pressure in the second half and broke through again at the 67:18 mark. MSU's attack created a breakaway down field as a pass found senior Holly Scherer on the left side of the circle who found the back of the net, cutting the deficit to one behind Scherer's second goal of the contest.
Missouri State pulled freshman goalkeeper Feli Heinzel with 1:35 remaining in the game, which resulted in the Bears pushing the ball to the Pacific side of the field and gaining a final penalty corner.
Reitmayer started the penalty corner and found senior Charlie Redhead at the top of the circle. Redhead dribbled the ball to the right and sent a cross that found sophomore Andrea Soler Codina who hit a shot at net, but Pacific goalkeeper Laura Pujade made the initial save. The deflection went to Bears freshman Emily Tran and her shot went just wide of the goal with only 20 seconds left for MSU's last attempt of the match.
The Bears' late rally came after the Tigers held a majority of the possession in the game, including the edge in both shots (17-10) and penalty corners (7-3).
Pacific's Savannah Burns, Axelle Steffen, Alicia Muinos and Taylor Dempsey scored a goal apiece with Burns also getting credited with an assist. Pujade finished the game with four saves for the Tigers in net.
Scherer led the Bears with three shots, while senior Kimberleigh Eng also had a multi-shot performance for MSU. Senior Patrice Ahl and sophomore Amy Reid tallied assists for the Bears. Junior Megan Drew made a save by starting at goalkeeper and Heinzel finished with three saves after entering the game in the second half.
With her two-goal performance, Scherer surpassed both Jemima Cameron and current head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa on the Bears' all-time points list. Scherer's 56 career points places her alone in ninth, one point ahead of Gomez Sosa's 55.
The Bears open Mid-American Conference play on Friday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. CST against the Miami RedHawks in Oxford, Ohio. Missouri State is set to make its 2015 debut at Betty and Bobby Allison North Stadium when the Bears host rival Saint Louis at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in their final nonconference game of the season.