Blackmon’s Two Goals Gives Tigers Opening Win

Tristan Blackmon. Photo by Christine Jacobsen
Tristan Blackmon. Photo by Christine Jacobsen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A pair of goals off the foot of Tristan Blackmon helped the Pacific men's soccer team notch a 2-0 victory over host Sacramento State on Friday night. The Tigers move to 1-0 on the young 2017 season while the Hornets fall to 0-1. The win also gives the Tigers two-straight season opening victories.

Pacific got an early lead as Bob Groenendijk crossed the ball into the box which found Tristan Blackmon on the right side. The senior picked up where he left off last season as he one-touched the ball into the back of the net for the score in the fourth minute of play. Defensively the Tigers were stout on their backline, thwarting all three of the Hornets' first half shots. As the first half wound to a close, Pacific was awarded a free kick about 30 yards out. Andres Ochoa sent a perfect ball into the box which found Colin Bettencourt, but his header went just wide of the near post.

A little less than a minute into the second half Blackmon ripped another shot past the goalie to put the Tigers up 2-0, with an assist from Camden Riley. Meanwhile goalie Curtis Goldsmith and the rest of the Tiger defense kept their clean sheet intact, with Goldsmith logging four saves in the final 45 minutes of regulation.

Blackmon's two goals tie a career-high for the Las Vegas, Nev. native. Pacific took eight shots in the contest, with five Tigers logging shots. Goldsmith made five saves while registering his eighth career shutout victory between the posts.

Pacific will host its home opener this Sunday at 6 PM as CSU Bakersfield comes to town. Live stats and a free live stream will be available, and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free Pacific soccer scarf.