USD Squeaks Past Pacific Men's Soccer, 2-1

Tristan Blackmon (photo by Randall Gee)
Tristan Blackmon (photo by Randall Gee)

San Diego, Calif. - Tristan Blackmon scored his WCC-leading seventh goal, but San Diego slipped past the Pacific men's soccer team 2-1 on Sunday.

Josh Adachi made seven saves in goal for the Tigers. But San Diego answered Blackmon's early goal with a counter-attack goal in the 24th minute, and a 76th minute deflection.

"Obviously, the team is disappointed we let an opportunity slip away," head coach Ryan Jorden said. "We scored early, but then didn't play well enough the rest of the way. We gave the ball away too much and had to defend more than we probably needed to. Credit to USD, they fought hard to get the result. We were really poor at passing the ball in the second half. This was a game we felt we could have dominated possession if we had passed the ball well, and we didn't."

Pacific got on the board early, as Blackmon collected a pass from Tyson Fox, ran to middle, and shot back across to left side just inside the post. His seven goals on the year is tops in the West Coast Conference.

Just under 10 minutes later, Blackmon got a step on the defender and was pulled down by Thomas Fiskerstrand, resulting in a red card.

Pacific played possession going forward, stringing together short, safe passes. But off a long clear in the 24th minute, the Toreros struck.

Torrey DeArmas finished a cross from Connor Brandt for his fourth of the season to equalize for San Diego.

USD posted a 7-2 advantage in shots in the first half, but the Tigers' tallied on their shot on goal. Josh Adachi posted three first-half saves.

In the 76th minute, Kyle Macleod took a shot from the top of the box which deflected off traffic in front of the net and into the near post.

Pushing at the other end late in the contest Jamie Bent's spinning shot attempt in the 89th minute hit went just wide of the post.

San Diego out-shot the Tigers 17-4 for the game. Thomas Olsen made one save for the Toreroes.

Pacific falls to 0-2-0 in WCC play, 2-11-0 overall. San Diego improves to 6-4-4 overall on the year. and 2-0-0 in WCC play.