Stockton, Calif. – For the third time this season, Cal State Northridge played an overtime game, and unfortunately, the results were the same.
A tough loss.
This time on a Saturday afternoon in Stockton, the 18th-ranked Matadors dropped a 10-9 upset decision to Pacific in a Big West Conference game. Ironically, the last overtime game for CSUN was a 10-9 loss to San Jose State (2/26/12).
The Tigers were in a foul mood to start the game. UOP had dropped eight straight games, and 11 of its last 12 games. Pacific is now 10-15 overall and 1-3 in the Big West Conference.
Cal State Northridge dropped its third straight game to fall to 15-18 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Pacific jumped to a 3-2 lead after the first period, but that didn't deter Cal State Northridge. The Matadors outscored the Tigers, 4-1, in the second frame to take a 6-4 halftime lead.
CSUN's top scorers scored five of their six goals in the first half. Jenny Jamison, the team's leading scorer with 59 goals to enter the game, scored two goals. Marisa Young, who had entered the contest with 53 goals, scored three goals.
However, UOP's defense came alive in the second half. The Tigers held CSUN scoreless in the third period, and held Jamison and Young without a goal in the final two periods. Jamison did score a goal in CSUN's second overtime.
Meanwhile, Pacific scored three goals in the final period to force the game into overtime. The game ended in regulation at 8-8.
Taylor Adair proved to be the hero for Pacific. Adair scored both of UOP's goals in the first overtime, and added a fourth period goal at 7:02 to knot the game at 6-6.
On Sunday at Noon, Cal State Northridge travels to #11 UC Davis. The Aggies defeated #15 UC Santa Barbara, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon.