Men's Soccer Drops Contest At No. 18 UC Irvine

Men's Soccer Drops Contest At No. 18 UC Irvine

Irvine, Calif. - The Pacific men's soccer team faced No. 18 UC Irvine in a road edition of Sunday Night Futbol, with the Anteaters coming away with a 3-0 win on their home field.

Freshman goalkeeper Josh Adachi made five saves in net on 15 Irvine shots, but the Tigers offense mustered just four shots.

Eduardo Calzada scored in the first half for UC Irvine. Gor Kirakosyan converted a second-half penalty kick and Renato Torquato poked home a loose ball in the box.

"I thought the guys responded well to coming back and playing on a Sunday after Friday's game," head coach Ryan Jorden said. "We were certainly in the game, and it was an entertaining game. We were disappointed to have conceding a PK. But I felt we competed hard against a really good opponent. We created a number of potential chances, we just didn't complete those chances. Overall, it was a big step in everyone getting on the same page."

The two sides traded early scoring opportunities as Tristan Blackmon's header missed wide in the third minute, and UCI's Jack Birkenbeuel missed a shot high in the fifth. Lester Hayes III got off a high attempt in the 16th minute before the Anteaters finally broke through in the 24th minute.

Cameron Iwasa slipped a pass through to spring Eduardo Calzada on a 1-on-1 against Adachi, Calzada finished for his first goal of the year, and a 1-0 UC Irvine lead.

In the second half, Kirakosyan was awarded a penalty kick in the 56th minute, and converted to stretch the lead to 2-0.

The Tigers looked to cut into the deficit in the 76th minute, as Andres Ochoa put a shot on target, but UCI goalie Michael Breslin posted the save to keep Pacific off the board.

Only a minute later, amid a scrum in the box, Hayes III tapped the ball in the direction of Torquato, who put it home for a 3-0 Irvine lead.

A shot by Tyson Fox was turned away by Breslin in the 81st minute, and Ochoa had a shot blocked by the defense in the 86th.

Breslin finished with a pair of saves while keeping the clean sheet. UC Irvine improves to 1-0-0 on the season. The Tigers fall to 0-2-0.

Pacific is back in action next Saturday at Grand Canyon in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff