|Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz. (4-5-1)||1||0||1|
|UC Merced (Calif.) (6-5-1)||0||3||3|
|1||22:07||Karina Suarez (Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz.)|
|2||81:02||Noodles Sidhu (UC Merced (Calif.))|
|2||85:11||Elizabeth Cruz-Gomez (UC Merced (Calif.))|
|2||88:21||Jennifer Salinger (UC Merced (Calif.))|
|Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz.||Indv. Leaders||UC Merced (Calif.)|
|#9 Karina Suarez - 1||Goals||3 Players - 1|
|#21 Jackie Igulu - 3||Shots||#16 Jennifer Salinger - 6|
|#4 Tiana Pretzer - 11||Saves||#00 Emma Broderick - 4|
|Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz.||Team Statistics||UC Merced (Calif.)|
|8 (5)||Shots (on goal)||24 (14)|
MERCED, Calif. - It looked as though the Benedictine University Mesa women's soccer team was going to escape with huge California Pacific Conference victory on Saturday afternoon.
All it took was 10 minutes to changed that.
The Redhawks held on for 80 minutes with a lead but couldn't keep it, falling 3-1 against the University of California-Merced on Saturday in California in a key Cal Pac matchup.
BenU Mesa withstood a ferocious Bobcats attack for over 80 minutes, keeping UC-Merced out of the net thanks to a strong effort from Tiana Pretzer, who made 11 saves in total for the Redhawks.
For a large portion of those 80 minutes, BenU Mesa held a lead, too, thanks to a tally from Karina Suarez in the 22nd minute that gave the Redhawks a 1-0 margin.
However, the Bobcats would strike and strike hard starting in the 81st minute, leveling the score at 1-all, then taking the lead for good in the 85th minute, felling the Redhawks for their first Cal Pac loss this season.
BenU Mesa will be back in action on Thursday at Riverview Park, taking on Sierra Nevada. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.