Short-handed, Men's Soccer Falls In 2OT At Gonzaga

Short-handed, Men's Soccer Falls In 2OT At Gonzaga

Spokane, Wash. - After over 103 hard-fought minutes, the Pacific men's soccer team came down on the wrong side of a 1-0 double-overtime outcome at Gonzaga on Sunday afternoon despite a career-high 11 saves from freshman goalkeeper Josh Adachi.

Zach Hamer's goal at the 103:24 mark was the lone tally of the match, as Pacific played the final 18:39 of the match down a man.

Gonzaga out-shot Pacific 34-9, but the Tigers held their own in scoring chances, as Pacific forced a pair of Gonzaga goalkeepers into four saves, including two in the final 18 minutes.

"I'm super proud of our guys, they were terrific," head coach Ryan Jorden said. "We were able to handle an experience team on the road. It was a great collective effort for us to keep a clean sheet through regulation. Obviously, we are disappointed we had to finish up with 10 men. We felt we put ourselves in the position to get a result on the road, so it was disappointing to concede a goal in the second overtime. But I thought we did a good job - even with only 10 men - in creating a couple really good scoring chances in overtime."

Pacific falls to 3-13-0 overall, 1-4-0 in West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs improve to 4-12-1 overall and 2-3-1 in WCC action.

Gaku Lange's fourth-minute shot was on target, forcing Ben Willis of Gonzaga into an early save. Julio Cervantes' shot in the 26th minute was blocked for a corner kick, but the Bulldogs defense cleared the Tigers cross away.

In the 32nd minute, Adachi slid over on a corner kick and denied Lars Ludwigs the far post, ripping his header out of the air. Adachi posted five first-half saves, as the game remained scoreless through the first 45 minutes.

In the 47th minute, Gonzaga sent a dangerous cross through box, but couldn't connect, and then earned a corner as Adachi batted a cross out of bounds. Pacific defended the set piece and stayed out of danger as the game remained knotted at 0-0. In the 63rd, Pacific's corner kick was sent into the box off a Gonzaga defender, while the Tigers clamored for a handball call, but play continued. Cervantes broke free in the 65th minute and came in to the right side of the box, but his shot back across was stopped by Willis.

Adachi stuffed a pair of shots on the doorstep in the 77th minute by Gonzaga's Nate Pacheco and Jakob Granlund.  The Tigers had a run in the 83rd minute, but the defender arrived with the pass, and deflected over the net. A Gonzaga header by Jalen Crisler in the 84th minute was saved off the line by Cervantes.

In the 85th minute, Tristan Blackmon had a run on a long pass ahead, but the ball was smothered by Willis in the box. Willis collided with his defender, as the three players and the ball arrived together and had to be removed, while Blackmon - playing with a yellow — was inexplicably sent off. Chris Lowrimore took over between the posts for the final 5:15 of regulation.

Scoreless after regulation, Certvantes opened overtime with a long run, but out-ran the ball, and was fouled for a restart. The Tigers possessed leading to a shot from Lange that was blocked. Pacheco had a point blank shot after a Gonzaga header, but just missed the far post in the 93rd. Richie Lee's try from the top of the box in the 95th sailed high. Adachi posted a save in the 96th on a shot from Clark Phillips. Andres Ochoa's restart from 35 yards was tapped over the bar for a Pacific corner, and Lange's skipping shot from 25 yards out was corralled by Lowrimore. Cervantes danced around a defender but couldn't get much on his shot in the 110th minute before the end of the first overtime session.

In the second overtime, Gonzaga's corner kick in the 103rd minute was defended by the Tigers. Off a restart after a foul, the service into the box was headed down, and an attempt on frame was blocked. but the ball bounced right to Zach Hamer, who one-timed it into the open net for the sudden-victory winner, his second goal of the season.

The Tigers will return home to face San Franciscon on Thursday at 7 p.m.