Tigers fight, but suffer tough losses
Men’s soccer opened their second home-stand of the season this past Friday when they hosted Grand Canyon. The Tigers also took on San Diego State on Sunday. Unfortunately, Pacific took two close losses, including dropping a heartbreaker in overtime to the Aztecs.
Pacific is in its second season after reestablishment and is currently 1-8 on the season, falling in the last four games in a row.
The Tigers’ defense held off Grand Canyon for the entire first half, with goalkeeper Curtis Goldsmith ’18 holding down the fort. The game looked promising in the start of the second half as forward Tristan Blackmon ’18 dribbled down the field to meet the back of the net, putting Pacific on top.
The lead would be stripped from them only a few minutes later, when the Antelopes jumped on the board with a goal of their own. With the score equalized, Pacific rallied to the defense. In the 65th minute, Grand Canyon found the goal once more and took the lead.
Less than 10 minutes later, Blackmon found the goal once more, but the officials called offsides and refuted the goal. The Tigers put in a strong effort for the remainder of the game, but the recall of Blackmon’s goal had noticeably put a damper on their spirits. Ultimately, the Antelopes ran away with the game, 2-1.
In their second game of the weekend, Pacific put forth another strong performance against the Aztecs. Goldsmith recorded five saves over the course of the matchup, keeping San Diego State at bay. The game remained scoreless through both halves and even at the end of the first overtime. A second overtime goal in the 104th minute of the game propelled the Aztecs to sudden victory over the Tigers.
Pacific lost a heartbreaking game, but they look to bounce back in their matchups this coming week.
The Tigers head out on the road again for the next few weeks, taking on Bakersfield and kicking off West Coast Conference play. They return home on Friday, Oct. 30 to host University of San Diego. Fans and attendees will have the opportunity to receive a scarf giveaway to sport during the game! The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Knoles Field.
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