Second Half Goal Lifts Tigers Past Dons

Photo by Sean Kahler
Photo by Sean Kahler

Stockton, Calif. – A late second-half goal from Tyson Fox propelled the Pacific men's soccer team to a 3-2 victory of the visiting San Francisco Dons Saturday night. The win brings the Tigers to 11-3-1 on the year, 3-1-1 in WCC play and drops the Dons to 6-8 overall, 2-3 in conference action.

"The guys know we expect them to be in a position to win every time out," says head coach Ryan Jorden. "When we lose somebody or are without someone throughout the course of the year we have guys that can step up and do a good job filling the role. I thought we played very well that first half and kept our composure in the second to get the victory."

The offense came firing out of the gate for the Tigers. In the 18th minute Andres Ochoa lined up for a corner and sent it into the box that found Wouter Verstraaten but he just headed it just wide of the post. Pacific finally broke through in the 23rd on another corner opportunity. The boot from Alfredo Alcala found Verstraaten, whose header was saved by the Don goalie but the rebound located Camden Riley who sent a laser to the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. In the 28th minute Anthony Orendain came streaking down the left side drawing the 'keeper towards him, allowing Julio Cervantes to have an open look on the right side and he was able to tap it in. In the closing second (literally) of the first half the Dons got on the board with Leon Schwarzer's fourth goal of the year.

The Don's started off the second half taking four shots in the first twenty minutes of action looking for the equalizer. They finally got it in the 67th minute off a corner where the initial header was saved by Curtis Goldsmith but the rebound was finished by Santiago Digiuseppe to knot the score at two goals apiece. The Tiger offense came storming back to regain the lead when Tyson Fox, who was fresh off the bench, was dished the ball from Ochoa. Fox dribbled around the defenders to the left in front of the goal and sent the shot back right for the score with 15 minutes left in regulation.

The 20 shots by the Dons were the most the Tigers have faced this season and defensively the Orange and Black coped well in limiting those opportunities. In the process of logging his tenth win, Goldsmith tied a career-high with seven saves on the night off of nine shots-on-goal.

The win brings the Tigers to ten conference points on the year, just two behind WCC-leading Portland in the standings who the Tigers will face next Sunday at Knoles Field.