Men's Soccer Racks Up Four Goals In Victorious Homecoming

photo by Keith Sanpei
photo by Keith Sanpei

Stockton, Calif. - Four Tiger scored in the Pacific men's soccer team's return home in a 4-0 win over UC Santa Cruz Saturday night at Knoles Field.

In front of a boisterous crowd of 1867, Pacific played its first home Division I men's soccer game since 1985 and shutout the Banana Slugs for the teams second-straight win.

Andres Ochoa, Jamie Bent and Julio Cervantes scored in the first half, while Tyson Fox added a second-half goal.

Josh Adachi recorded five saves for his first shutout of the season.

"I thought we did some really good things in the offensive third tonight," head coach Ryan Jorden said. "We combined and got forward, while showing different dynamism going forward. And it's nice to put four in the back of the net. We had some really nice goals tonight."

Ochoa opened the scoring by blasting a shot into the top corner from 25 yards away off a feed from Tristan Blackmon in the 19th minute.

In the 34th minute, Ochoa served a corner kick into the box and Jamie Bent headed it home for a 2-0 lead.

Cervantes sliced through the defense and tapped home a pass from Bent with 1:49 left to play in the half.

In the second half, Fox raced up the right side and finished back to the left off a pass from Cervantes.

Pacific out-shot UC Santa Cruz 18-11. Banana Slugs goalkeeper David Vivian made four saves in net. UC Santa Cruz falls to 6-3-1 on the season.

"We had a great crowd. We hope people will go home and tell others they had a great time. We play at home next Friday night and we're looking forward to having that same type of atmosphere as the fans come back and support us again," Jorden added.

The Tigers (2-5-0) will face Gonzaga on Friday, at 7 p.m. at Knoles Field.