Men's Soccer Posts First Victory In Program's Revival

Men's Soccer Posts First Victory In Program's Revival

San Luis Obispo, Calif. - The Pacific men's soccer team won its first game since the program's rebirth this season, coming from behind for a 2-1 win at Cal Poly Sunday afternoon.

Tyson Fox drew the Tigers level in the first half, and Kalei Gallarde blasted a shot through the keeper for the game-winner in the 80th minute.

Josh Adachi made eight saves for the Tigers, who improve to 1-5-0 this season. The Tigers last win came in their last season of Division I men's soccer, in 1985.

"I've very proud of the team for this win today," head coach Ryan Jorden said. "We put together a very professional and calm performance. We fell behind, but the team showed great resiliency and togetherness, along with a terrific collective identity about how we wanted to approach and see the game through."

The Tigers were out-shot 21-12 but Pacific put seven of 12 shots on target, forcing Wade Hamilton into making five saves.

Cal Poly was unbeaten in their last five games (5-0-1) and fall to 5-2-1 on the season.

Cal Poly got on the board in the fifth minute, off a ricochet back into the Pacific end, Adam Olsen beat Pacific keeper Josh Adachi to the ball and finished into the open net for his fourth goal of the year.

Tyson Fox tied the game in the 36th minute, off a feed from Tristan Blackmon. Blackmon chipped it past a defender and Fox slicing to the goal finished to the left post to draw Pacific level.

Adachi made six first half saves.

From a sharp angle, Gallarde drilled a shot off the keepers hands and into the far post to give the Tigers' their first lead in a game this season.

In the final two minutes, Poly hit the cross bar and the post 10 seconds apart with 1:43 and 1:33 to play. The Tigers cleared the zone and held on for their first win.

Pacific will return home for the Tigers' first home game on Saturday, Sept. 27 against UC Santa Cruz at 7 p.m.