PALO ALTO, Calif. - In their final preseason match, the Pacific men's soccer team was narrowly edged out by host #1 Stanford 1-0 on Saturday night.
The Tiger defense came out strong against the number one team in the country while the offense provided an early pressure on the other side of the field. However in the 19th minute, the hosts got on the board as Foster Langsdorf got one past the diving Curtis Goldsmith for the score and the 1-0 lead. In the 33rd minute Bob Groenendijk ripped a shot from outside the left side of the box, but a Cardinal defender was able to get his body in front of it and send it out of play.
Right before the end of the half Tristan Blackmon brought the ball around a pair of defenders towards the goal looking to knot the score. But again, a Stanford defender got his body on it to deflect the scoring opportunity.
Pacific continued to battle in the second half looking for the equalizer. In the 64th minute Blackmon brought in a nice set piece for Camden Riley, who one touched it towards the near post but it finished just wide of the goal. Meanwhile the Tiger defense continued to hold the Cardinal offense out of the back of the net to keep the game within reach. However in the end, the hosts held on to preserve the shutout victory.
Curtis Goldsmith got the start in goal, logging five saves on the night. The Tigers had seven shots in the match, with Groenendijk pacing the Orange and Black with three.
The Tigers open up the regular season on Friday, Aug. 25th at Sacramento State for a 5 PM match. Pacific will then host its home opener on Aug 27th against CSU Bakersfield at 6 PM, and the first 500 fans will receive a free Pacific Soccer scarf.