Los Angeles, Calif. – The Pacific men's soccer team got back to their winning ways Friday night as they topped host Loyola Marymount 2-1 in overtime. The victory was Pacific's first WCC win of the season, propelling the Tigers to 9-3 overall, 1-1 in conference action while dropping the Lions to 6-7, 0-2 in WCC play.
"I was extremely pleased with the effort, commitment and determination that our team showed tonight," says head coach Ryan Jorden. "Playing on the road against a very good Loyola Marymount team is a big challenge, but I thought our players managed the game and competed tremendously well tonight."
Defensively the Tigers shut down the Lions in the first half and did not allow a shot in the first 30 minutes of play. On offense Pacific riffled off five shots in the first half, however were kept out of the net and we headed into the intermission in a scoreless tie.
The Tigers continued to push offensively in the second half, and in the 49th minute Julio Cervantes dished the ball to Camden Riley who then gave it back to Cervantes for a shot but it just went wide of the post. Tristan Blackmon gave the Tigers the lead in the 54th minute when Andres Ochoa fired off a shot from a free kick and the impending rebound found the foot of Blackmon, who was able to send it to the back of the net.
In the final minute of play and with their 'keeper up on offense the Lions finally broke through and got one past goalie Curtis Goldsmith to tie the score and force overtime.
Overtime didn't last long as in the 95th minute Camden Riley streaked down the field and sent the ball into the box that the Lion 'keeper tried to intercept from a sliding Anthony Orendain, but it slipped right past him for the winning score. This was Pacific's second overtime win of the season as they topped host Grand Canyon University earlier this year.
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