No. 9 Saint Mary's defeats Pacific, 4-0

No. 9 Saint Mary's defeats Pacific, 4-0

Pacific men's soccer (6-3-2, 0-1-0 WCC) dropped its conference opener to the number nine team in the nation, Saint Mary's (12-0-0, 1-0-0 WCC), by the score of 4-0 on Sunday night at home.

Saint Mary's scored in the 13th minute a didn't look back in the match to continue their unbeaten streak, the Gaels are now the final undefeated team in the nation. The Tigers, like many other teams this season, had trouble unlocking the Gaels defense. The Tigers took just three shots in the match against a Saint Mary's defense that has allowed just four goals all season.

"If you're going to play a good team and you're undisciplined in the things you need to do to get goals, then you put yourself in a position where if you concede bad goals, which we did, you're going to have to play from behind," head coach Ryan Jorden said. "Credit to them, they're very disciplined and very organized and there's a reason why they're undefeated and number nine in the country. That is a very, very good team. We didn't do ourselves any favors in our performance from and maturity and discipline standpoint."

Pacific gets a six-day break before the Tigers host Santa Clara on Saturday for Pacific's homecoming weekend match at 6:30.

First half:

  • In the 13th minute, Jake Rudel scored the Gaels first goal of the match when he took a shot after a ball was deflected to him.
  • In the 25th minute, Lucas Andrews scored for the Gaels to make it 2-0. Andrews scored off of a corner kick from Filippo Zattarin.
  • In the 38th minute, Pacific's Andrea Charalambous, picked up a yellow card, his third of the season.
  • In the 42nd minute, Saint Mary's scored when Joseph Restani took a shot that found the net after two shots from Saint Mary's players were deflected by Tiger defenders. Restani collected a rebound a tucked the ball into the net.
  • Saint Mary's took seven shots to Pacific's two in the first half.

Second half:

  • Saint Mary's scored straight out of the halftime break when Anders Engebretsen crossed the ball to Jake Rudel from the left wing. The cross did not find Rudel immediately and the Tiger goalkeeper lost control of the ball which fell to Rudel who scored his second of the evening.
  • In the 49th minute, Tariq Branche picked up a yellow card, his second of the season.
  • In the 60th minute, Anders Engbretsen was served a yellow card.
  • In the 63rd minute, Camden Riley was served a yellow card, his fourth of the season.

More from coach Jorden:

You get another week off following this match, what will practice look like this week in preparation for Santa Clara?

"You hope with the distance between games that we could have come out and had a performance that was a little bit sharper than what we had tonight. The reality is since it's a week off, it gives us an opportunity to adjust some of our shortcomings and try to make sure that the next performance we have a whole lot better quality than we did tonight."

 

On conceding on set pieces tonight.

"That should be a coachable adjustment. I don't know if we've conceded from a set piece this year, so for us to concede a couple really is disconcerting. It was either a lack of willingness to defend or a lack of organization and if that's the case I take responsibility for that."

 

What needs to happen from the team's leaders like Camden Riley and Wouter Verstraaten going forward into WCC play?

"They've got to continue to hold the team's performance accountable. They've got to continue to push the guys to try to keep growing and getting better. The bottom line is, they're seniors and they lead for us to continue to be good."

 

On getting looks at players off the bench late in the match.

"It was good. Those guys came on and worked hard. They kept the scoreline where it was. I think they tried to do the things that we're talking about doing and created a couple of opportunities, so it was good for them to go on and have an opportunity to showcase themselves."