Stockton, Calif. – A first-half goal from Anthony Orendain was all the Pacific men's soccer team needed as they gave the visiting Western Michigan Broncos their first loss of the season. The 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon was also the team's third consecutive victory, propelling them a 4-2 record on the year.
"When we went ahead, they changed and went very direct so we had to try and find a way to counteract that and manage it, which is not always easy," said head coach Ryan Jorden. "For us to get through that and win 1-0 it shows a lot of maturity in the progress that we've made."
The Tigers jumped on the Broncos early by attacking with their strong front line. In the seventh minute sophomore Alfredo Alcala fired off a shot that beat Bronco goalie Drew Shepard, but sailed just wide of the post. Midway through the first half Anthony Orendain netted his second goal of the year, which turned out to be the lone goal of the game and eventual difference maker. Heading into the box, Julio Cervantes delivered a nice cross to Orendain who was streaking down the right side and booted the ball in for the score. Just eight minutes later the Orange and Black looked to add another one to the scoreboard when Spencer Vue stole the ball from the defender with just one more to beat, but he got too much leg into his shot and the ball sailed wide.
In the second half it was the Tiger defense that was able to hold on against the Bronco offense who registered nine shots in the final 45 minutes. In the 61st minute, goalie Curtis Goldsmith shut down a flurry of Bronco chances that featured a header deflect off the cross bar, and two quick shots that Goldsmith kept out of the net. Goldsmith was perfect in recording his second shut-out of the season. The junior made five saves, four of which came in the second half, to seal the Tiger victory.
The perfect second half displayed by the Tigers' back line was needed in order for them to walk off victorious, and coach Jorden was very happy with their performance.
"Defending in those moments, that's character," continues Jorden. "That kind of stuff is what helps you win big, important games and so I'm very pleased with the guys."