Pacific men's soccer (3-2-1) played Sacramento State (1-3-2) to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night at home.
The Tigers took 17 shots and earned 11 corner kicks while holding the Hornets to only six shots, none of which found the target, and two corner kicks in what head coach Ryan Jorden said was one of his team's best performances so far. Pacific did not allow a shot to Sacramento State from the 37th minute of play until the 108th minute.
"I'm really pleased with the performance. The guys did a great job implementing what we've worked on," Jorden said. "Even though we didn't find the back of the net and didn't win the game, I think there's a tremendous amount of positives that we can take from the match in a methodology standpoint. I'm really happy with the guys and the work that we put in. I'm excited about this being a launching pad for us for the next couple of games. It's disappointing that we didn't score, but we have to get one step better because the rest of it was pretty dang good."
In case you missed it:
- Pacific changed its lineup slightly inserting Charles Brewah and Jonatan Rico-Contreres into the starting XI. Both players returned from injury in the match to make their first starts of 2018.
- The Tigers allowed the Hornets to take three shots in the opening 15 minutes, but dominated the remainder of the half, allowing only two shots in the last 30 minutes of the first half.
- In the 10th minute, Pacific had its first of many great attacking moves in the match when junior Tariq Branche picked out senior Bob Groenendijk with a pass on the wing. Groenendijk played a cross into an unmarked junior, Anthony Orendain, in the penalty area, but the pass missed its mark.
- In the 37th minute, Sacramento State took a shot that missed the target. It was the Hornet's final shot until the final overtime period.
- In the 41st minute, Orendain, who caused multiple problems for the Sacramento State defense, played a pass from the wing into junior Jonathan Jimenez in the box. Jimenez headed the shot on goal, but it was saved by a diving Hornet goalkeeper.
- Pacific outshot Sacramento State in the opening half 6-5.
- In the 49th minute, Jimenez found himself with another opportunity to score when he made a run into the box and took a shot on target, but it was saved by the Hornet goalkeeper.
- A minute later, Pacific had another chance when Groenendijk played a cross to the far side of the penalty area that found freshman Mamoru Kamisasanuki. Kamisasanuki's shot went wide of the target.
- In the 58th minute, Orendain played a pass down the wing to freshman Ryan Her who played a cross into the box from Groenendijk who took a shot on goal which was saved.
- In the 86th minute, Branche was served a yellow card. It was his first of the season.
- In the 93rd minute, Pacific earned a corner kick. Freshman Jose Sosa played the kick in which eventually landed in for a shot from Groenendijk, which was blocked by the Sacramento State defense.
- Pacific did not allow a shot in the period.
- Jimenez took the Tigers only shot in the period in the 107th minute, it went high and missed its target.
- This was Pacific's third match in overtime this season. The Tigers are 2-0-1 in those games so far.
- Junior goalkeeper Mateo Gomez made his second-straight start and earned his first clean sheet of the season. He hasn't allowed a goal in more than 147 minutes of game time.
More from coach Jorden:
You guys were really solid on defense tonight and really shut down Sacramento State after the first half.
"Yeah, I think that we settled into our organization and didn't give the ball away in places where they could counter and create chances. I thought we diffused a lot of things before they became a problem. We did a good job of not putting ourselves in situations where we had clear chances created against us."
You also were able to build lots of attacks out of the defense as well.
"I thought we passed the ball well across the board. As a result, it allowed for us to continue to move and change the point of attack."
"Anytime that you get guys with a lot of experience back in your team, it gives you a boost because there's a level of understanding that you can rely upon. Both of them had good performances today."
Next up: The Tigers head to San Jose State on Sunday for a 6:30 p.m. match. It will be Pacific's first away match since August 27.