STOCKTON, Calif. - A trio of first half goals propelled the Pacific men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over visiting San Diego on Friday evening. Camden Riley got the Tigers on the board while Anthony Orendain added a pair for his first career multi-goal game while Bob Groenendijk, Johnatan Rico-Contreres and Andres Ochoa added the assists. Curtis Goldsmith made three saves en route to his 22nd career victory between the posts.
"I'm really pleased with what we've done," said head coach Ryan Jorden. "It was a good performance against a fabulous San Diego team tonight. This win puts us in a good position as we chase for the title, but we're certainly not done yet."
The victory sends Pacific to 10-3 overall this season, 2-1 in West Coast Conference play while the setback drops San Diego to 8-4-2 this year, 2-1-1 in WCC action.
The Tigers took the early 1-0 lead in the third minute as Camden Riley send a bullet from outside the left side of the box that sailed over the goalie to the far post for his fifth goal of the season. Pacific quickly made it 2-0 just five minutes later as Bob Groenendijk sent a set piece into the box that Andres Ochoa headed towards the middle to Anthony Orendain, who booted it to the back of the net. The helper by Ochoa is his third in the last two games as he now sits at five for the year.
San Diego got on the board in the eleventh on Freddy Polzer's third goal of the season on a far post shot to make it 2-1. Right before the end of the first half Orendain netted his second of the night, this time off an assist from Johnatan Rico-Contreres as the junior sent in the ball from the right side to Orendain who punched it in to make it 3-1 in the 43rd minute.
The offensive energy continued in the second half, and in the 49th Orendain took a header from the near post off a cross from Rico-Contreres that beat the Torero 'keeper, but the opportunity sailed just wide of the post. The Orange and Black would take five more shots in the period while the defense continued to thwart off the Torero offensive threat as Pacific handed the visitors their first WCC loss of the year.
The victory gives Pacific their second-straight ten win season, and the Tigers currently sit as the only program in the WCC with double-digit wins on the year. It is the third time this season the Tigers have notched three first-half goals after they accomplished the feat in the wins against CSU Bakersfield (Aug. 27) and UNLV (Sept. 8).
Pacific is back in action at Knoles Field this Sunday as they take on Loyola Marymount at 3 PM. The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a free pair of Pacific Tiger sunglasses.