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."
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.
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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