Ochoa’s Winner Gives Tigers Overtime Victory over Lions

Andres Ochoa. Photo by Hannah Baber.
Andres Ochoa. Photo by Hannah Baber.

STOCKTON, Calif. - A goal in the 102nd minute off the foot of Andres Ochoa helped the Pacific men's soccer team defeat visiting Loyola Marymount 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. Collin Bettencourt assisted on the golden goal, while Curtis Goldsmith was perfect between the posts en route to his fifth clean sheet of the season.

"Our guys showed a lot of strength mentally today to continue to grind out the win," said head coach Ryan Jorden. "Going Friday and then again Sunday afternoon is always difficult, so for our guys to give everything they had today, pitch a shutout while getting the result in overtime is huge."

The win sends Pacific to 11-3 overall, 3-1 in West Coast Conference play, while the loss drops Loyola Marymount to 3-11-2 this season, 1-4 in WCC action. 

Pacific carried over the energy from Friday night's victory into today's contest, rifling off a pair of shots in the first two minutes. Midway through the first half the Tigers pressured with three corner kicks resulting in shots by Tariq Branche and Camden Riley as they looked to get on the board, however the Lions were able to clear. The first 45 minutes featured a handful of opportunities on both sides, with both squads logging four shots each in the first half. 

In the 50th minute Johnatan Rico-Contreres dished to Christian Aldama on the left side. The senior ripped a shot towards the far post that beat the Lion 'keeper, but the ball just sailed wide of the post. Pacific created another opportunity in the 57th as Tyson Fox received a set piece in the box that the senior headed near post, but Collin Partee made the diving stop to keep it scoreless. 

The back and forth continued in to overtime, with the Tiger offense continuing to apply the pressure. In the 97th Alfredo Alcala lined up for a free kick right outside the box, but his shot sailed high of the crossbar. Finally in the 102nd minute Colin Bettencourt found a streaking Andres Ochoa on the right side, and the senior sent a shot into the corner of the goal for the winner and his second of the year.

Sunday's match was the second overtime contest for the Pacific, who remain perfect in extras this season. The Tigers also remain perfect at Knoles Field with a 5-0 record this year at home. 

The Orange and Black hit the road once again for a quick trip to Moraga, Calif. to take on Saint Mary's on Nov. 4th at 12 PM. Pacific will then play San Francisco on Nov. 8th before wrapping up regular season play at home against Gonzaga on Nov. 11th.