Trio of First Half Goals Gives Tigers 5-2 Win Over Bakersfield

Photo by Hannah Baber
Photo by Hannah Baber

STOCKTON, Calif. - Goals by Camden Riley, Anthony Orendain and Johnatan Rico-Contreres in the first half and a pair of scores in the second by Diego Villapudua and Tyson Fox helped the Pacific men's soccer team notch a 5-2 victory on Sunday night over visiting CSU Bakersfield. It is the first time since the program was brought back prior to the 2014 season that the Tigers have scored five goals in a game.

The win brings the Tigers to a perfect 2-0 on the season while the loss drops the Roadrunners to 1-1 overall.

Camden Riley put the Tigers up 40 seconds into the game as Bob Groenendijk brought the ball up the left side and send a cross into the box which found Riley, and the junior was able to head it past the goalie. Pacific extended their lead in the 30th minute as Tyson Fox crossed the ball from the right side, finding Alfredo Alcala in the middle. Alcala then tapped it over to Anthony Orendain on the left side who fired it past the Roadrunner goalie. 

Towards the end of the first half Johnatan Rico-Contreres added another to the scoreboard as he ripped a shot that went right through the goalie's legs to make it 3-0. Bakersfield finally broke through in the 44th minute on a goal by Niklas Koerber, bringing the score to 3-1.

In the 55th minute the Roadrunners added another on a goal by Sebastian Mentel to narrow their deficit 3-2. Pacific got the score right back as Diego Villapudua booted the ball from the left side that arched in for the freshman's first collegiate goal. 

The Orange and Black went back up by three in the 69th minute of play after Alcala ripped a shot that was saved but the deflection found an open Fox, who tapped it in to make it 5-2.

Curtis Goldsmith logged the victory, making one save, and Pacific outshot Bakersfield 17-5 in the contest.

The Tigers embark on their first road trip of the season when they travel to Virginia for the JMU Invitational. Pacific will first play #17 Virginia Tech on Sept. 1st at 2 PM PST before taking on James Madison on Sept. 3 at 4 PM PST.