Pacific men's soccer went on the road to San Diego today and played the Toreros to a 1-1 match late into the second half, but a late goal from San Diego was enough to send the Tigers home with their first loss in three matches. Camden Riley scored an equalizer for the Tigers in the 73rd minute and the Tigers looked primed for overtime, but San Diego scored in the 86th minute off of a set piece to hold on for the win, 2-1.
"I was pleased with how we played, but we didn't take our chances to get a result." head coach Ryan Jorden said. "Conceding two goals late was disappointing because we probably should have won this match today. Those were two goals that we really shouldn't have given up."
Pacific outplayed the Toreros in the opening half taking four shots, two of which were on goal and allowed only three, but despite Pacific's efforts, the match remained tied at the break.
In the 59th minute, Aaron Frey scored the go-ahead goal for San Diego when he tucked a shot beyond Mateo Gomez, who challenged Frey on the play. Till Stockman earned the assist.
In the 73rd minute, Camden Riley scored his fourth goal in four games when he benefitted off of a nice attacking move from the Tigers after Tariq Branche passed to Cory Wright in space who put a ball on Riley in the penalty area.
In the 86th minute, San Diego capitalized on a Tiger foul in the attacking third. Miguel Berry took the freekick and found Henry Lander far post who scored the game-winner.
- San Diego's Jimmy Ryan was served a yellow card in the 30th minute.
- In the 59th minute, Aaron Frey scored his second goal of the season for the Toreros. Till Stockmann had the assist.
- In the 69th minute, San Diego's Aidan Marmion picked up a yellow card.
- In the 73rd minute, Camden Riley scored his fourth goal in four games when Cory Wright played a pass to him in the penalty area. Tariq Branche also had an assist on the goal.
- In the 83rd minute, Pacific's Jose Angel Reyes was served a yellow card.
- In the 86th minute, San Diego scored the game-winner off of a free kick. Henry Lander had the goal and Josiah Benjamin and Miguel Barry had the assists.
- Camden Riley scored his team-leading eighth goal today. Which puts him solidly in the top five of the WCC in goals. He is tied for third with Saint Mary's Anders Engebretsen.
More from coach Jorden:
What did San Diego do differently in the second half to open the game up for them?
"They played more direct in the second half, but we were great in the first half. We just couldn't score and therefore couldn't play from the front in the second half. If you make mistakes you usually don't win and we made two late ones today that led to two goals to take a win away from us."
The team's goal seemed a lot like many others you've scored this year with great passing to set it up, but the difference was it came from two guys that haven't played much lately in Tariq Branche and Cory Wright.
"We've got guys that understand what it takes to get wins across the board. It's kind of like Jose Angel Reyes a few weeks ago who assisted on a late goal to get us a win. That showed again today in our goal."