Men’s soccer picks up exhibition win
Following a 3-0 loss at No. 16 California in their exhibition opener, the Pacific men’s soccer team bounced back at home with a 2-0 victory over the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs on Sunday.
The Tigers were led by Gaku Lange ‘18 and Julio Cervantes ‘17, who each scored one goal apiece in the second half.
The two teams were deadlocked at zero by the end of the first half, but the Tigers were bound to break through at some point as they relentlessly pushed the ball downfield.
UC Santa Barbara managed only one shot on the goal for the game, while the Tigers had nine shots on goal.
Pacific also dominated in the corner kick column, with 14 compared to Santa Cruz’s one. The match was aggressively fought on both sides: The Banana Slugs committed 13 fouls and the Tigers had 17.
The tie was broken in the 64th minute when Alfredo Alcala ‘19 fired off a cross to Lange, who scored on a header. Lange and teammate Tyson Fox ‘18 both had a game-high four shots for the contest.
Josh Adachi ‘18 started the match as goalie for the Tigers, blocking the one attempt on goal that he faced. Curtis Goldsmith ‘18 started the second half and registered the win.
With the preseason now over, the Tigers will begin regular season play at Drake on Aug. 28. Throughout the season, you can follow the Tigers on the road online with live stats at PacificTigers.com. The squad will return to Pacific on Sunday, Sept. 13 to take on San Jose State at 7 p.m.
Don’t miss Pacific’s second year competing on campus!
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