Men's Soccer Falters At USF

Men's Soccer Falters At USF

San Francisco - The Pacific men's soccer team dropped its penultimate game of the season, 4-1, at San Francisco Thursday night. Tyson Fox scored his third goal of the season for Pacific.

The Dons built a 3-0 lead before Fox cracked the scoreboard, and tacked on a late goal to drop Pacific to 3-14-0 overall, 1-5-0 West Coast Conference play. The Dons improve to 10-6-2 overall and 4-2-0 in WCC play.

"I was proud of our performance over the last 70 minutes," head coach Ryan Jorden said. "The first 20 minutes we just weren't very good. We didn't play well defensively, and we didn't value the ball. That put us in a position to have to battle up-hill the rest of the way. We were better the rest of the game, but it's hard to come back when you put yourself in an early hole like that."

The Tigers were out-shot 24-14 for the match, while USF put nine shots on frame to Pacific's five. Josh Adachi posted five saves while USF keeper Treston Kederer came up with four saves in the win.

In the 7th minute, Davi Ramos finished with a shot across the goal mouth from the right side to inside the left post.

From the same spot in the 17th minute, Bryce Kaminski completed a run, took a pass from Ramos, and finished to the near side for a 2-0 USF lead.

In the 36th minute, Kirkland took the ball to the end line for the Dons and Kaminski found space, took the centering pass and tapped it in from eight yards away to the top left.

Cervantes turnaround shot in the 36th minute trickled wide.

Pacific put together five straight passes, culminating with Tyson Fox roofing a shot off cross from Cervantes at the 38:10 mark to cut the gap to 3-1 at the half.

The Dons held a 12-9 edge in shots in the first half, while Kederer posted three saves.

Adachi posted two huge saves in the second half, denying dangerous opportunities for the Dons: a header on the doorstep by Aaron Lombardi and a shot from Danny Kirkland.

The Dons tacked on another in the 77th minute as they gained possession at midfield. David Romney's short-angle shot was stopped by Adachi, but K.J. Ahlo poked in the rebound to make it 4-1.

Pacific will return home to Knoles Field on Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest against Saint Mary's in the season finale.