Tigers Best the Rebels to Win second in a row

Tigers Best the Rebels to Win second in a row

Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific men's soccer team made it two wins in a row after they took down the visiting UNLV Rebels 4-2 at Knoles Field. Tyson Fox scored a pair of goals and Wouter Verstraaten converted on a late penalty kick to help seal the victory.

"We started out really well and created a lot of chances," said head coach Ryan Jorden. "The guy's response from coming from behind initially to then equalize and go ahead was terrific. Obviously, we still have things we want to grow in and work on but I think we showed another dynamic tonight with being able to come from behind."

In the 23rd minute UNLV got on the board when Memo Diaz shot one right past goalie Curtis Goldsmith.  The Tigers were able to tie it in the 40th when Spencer Vue, who was fresh off the bench, danced around his defender and fired a rocket past the leaping Richard Garness to the right side of the goal. Right before then end of the half the Tigers finally took the lead when Tyson Fox netted his first goal of the season. Vue took a corner kick that found Tristan Blackmon in the box who one-touched it to Fox who was able to tap it into the corner for the score.
UNLV was able to knot the score early in the second half after Pacific committed a foul roughly ten yards out of the box. Oscar Velazquez tapped the ball to get it rolling off the whistle before Timo Mehlich fired it in past the leaping Goldsmith. The tie didn't last long as just two minutes later Julio Cervantes found Fox streaking towards the goal and set him up with a nice cross for his second goal of the game and the 3-2 Tiger lead.

The Orange and Black added one more insurance goal in the 67th minute after the Rebel goalie committed a foul in the box, giving Pacific a penalty shot. Wouter Verstraaten lined up for the kick and rifled it past the goalie for his first goal of the season and the 4-2 lead.

The Tigers continue play at home this Sunday against the Western Michigan Broncos at 1 PM. Live stats and video will be available this match.

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