Overtime Goal Gives Tigers Their Fourth-Straight Victory

Overtime Goal Gives Tigers Their Fourth-Straight Victory

Phoenix, Ariz. – A Tristan Blackmon goal eight minutes into overtime gave the Pacific men's soccer team the 2-1 victory over host Grand Canyon University Sunday night; bringing the Tigers their fourth-straight win and propelling them to a 5-2 record on the season. The win also brought the Tigers their first overtime victory since the program was restarted in 2014. 

"I'm really pleased with the guys, going on the road is not easy," says head coach Ryan Jorden. "Going ahead was great, and then with the equalizer against us we knew we had to fight and work really hard together to re-establish ourselves and I thought the guys did a great job in doing that to come back into the game."

The Tigers opened up the scoring in the 16th minute when senior Julio Cervantes headed the ball past the Lopes 'keeper off a cross from Camden Riley. Riley streaked down the left side of the pitch and sent a perfect strike into the box that found Cervantes, who was able to net his second goal of the season. The Pacific defense shut the Grand Canyon offense in the first half, allowing just five total shots and one shot-on-goal in the first 45 minutes.

In the 50th minute the Tigers looked to double their lead when Anthony Orendain flew past the Grand Canyon defenders and just had the goalie to beat. However his shot sailed wide left and the Lopes escaped the attack. Going the other way four minutes later Grand Canyon knotted the score when Alexandros Halis chipped the ball right over goalie Curtis Goldsmith.

In overtime the Orange and Black looked to go ahead in the 92nd minute when Andres Ochoa lined up for a corner kick. Ochoa sent the ball into the box and Wouter Verstraaten met the cross with a promising header, but the shot met the reach of Lopes' goalie Kendyl Day.

In the 98th minute of play Tristan Blackmon netted his first goal of the year from the right side of the box off a lob pass from Ochoa. Blackmon snuck past the Lopes' defense and met the Ochoa assist with a chip shot past Day for the game-winning score.

The Lopes' leading scorer Niki Jackson was held in check tonight against Pacific. The forward, who has five goals on the year including a hat trick in the Lopes' win this past Thursday, only managed two shots on the night. 

The road trip continues next weekend when the Tigers head South to face San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton. Live stats will be available for both these matches. 

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