Boxers Clearcut Loggers with First Half Scoring Barrage

FOREST GROVE A torrent of first half scoring for Pacific proved the difference Thursday night as the Boxers scored eight goals in the first 17 minutes of the game en route to a 15-10 victory over Puget Sound in action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

The Boxers (6-4) built a 5-0 lead over the first nine minutes of the contest and found themselves up 8-1 on Kristen Dick's (Sr., Auburn, Wash.) goal with 13:30 left in the first half. The Loggers tightened up on both ends of the field in the second 30 minutes, coming within 10-7 on Rachel Silva's goal with 8:54 to go before the Boxers scored four straight in less than two minutes to close the door.

Kaitlyn Harper (Jr., Oregon City, Ore.) led Pacific with six goals, four of which came in the second half. Kelly Stevens (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) added three goals, including a wicked behind the back strike that ended scoring for the Boxers with 2:46 to go. Amy Mayhugh (So., Tigard, Ore.) and Carmen Taplin (Sr., Hillsboro, Ore.) each scored two while Melanie Niehus (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Dick each scored one.

Kerri Smith and Rachael Silva each scored three goals to lead the Loggers (3-6). Caroline Cook added two goals and an assist while Jessica McDonald and Haley Jackson each netted one. Puget Sound was outshot by Pacific 35-24 and the Boxers owned a 36-24 advantage in ground balls.

Taplin opened scoring for the Boxers with two unassisted goals within the first five minutes of the contest. Harper made it a 3-0 game with her strike at the 24:45 mark before Mayhugh and Harper added goals to make it a 5-0 Pacific lead just nine minutes into the game.

After Jackson tallied Puget Sound's first goal with 10 minutes gone, the Boxers went on another three-goal run to build a commanding 8-1 lead with 13:30 to go. The Loggers' defense starting locking down at that point, but the offense scored just two more goals rest of the way to bring the deficit within 8-3 at halftime.

After Harper opened the second half with a free-position goal, the Loggers came strong by scoring the next three goals. Cook tallied the first two scores in the run and Smith capped the rally with 14:59 left to bring Puget Sound within 9-6. Both teams traded goals before the Boxers went on a four-goal run to close the contest. Harper had three of the scores, all in a span of two minutes, that put the Boxers up 14-7 with 5:31 to go.

Brittany Hartmann (Sr., Portland, Ore.) registered her sixth win in goal for the Boxers, making 10 saves. Linnea Bostrom took her sixth loss of the season for the Loggers, also making 10 saves.

Pacific will conclude their 2013 home schedule next Friday, Apr. 12, when they host Linfield for a 6:00 p.m. contest. Puget Sound will close their 2013 season at home on Sunday against the Wildcats.


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