Men’s Soccer Riding High at No. 17
The Pacific men’s soccer team has started off the year with a 7-1 record, propelling them to the No. 17 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Poll of NCAA Division 1 teams. The Tigers were ranked No. 14 at the end of week three, which marked the highest ranking in program history, but a 1-0 loss at UC Santa Barbara last Friday pushed the team down a few spots.
Fortunately, the Tigers were able to rebound at home on Sunday, when they knocked off the San Jose State Spartans by a score of 2-1.
The first goal of the game came from Pacific midfielder Camden Riley ’19, who scored on a header assisted by defender Bob Groenendijk ’19 at the 32:31 mark in the contest. The goal was Riley’s third on the season, while Groenendijk notched his third assist.
The assist could have been Groenendijk’s second of the game, were it not for an offsides call that nullified a potential goal by forward Anthony Orendain ’20 earlier in the match.
Orendain would have another chance to score, however, and he made good on it. Pacific extended its lead to 2-0 shortly after the start of the second half, when Orendain picked the pocket of Spartan goalkeeper Alex Crewlis and knocked in the ball for an unassisted goal. It was Orendain’s third on the season, tying him with Riley for the team lead.
San Jose State would not go down quietly, however, as Jeremy Romero scored on a penalty kick in the 77th minute to cut the Tiger lead in half. While the Spartans gave it their all in the final minutes of the game, the Tiger defense bent but did not break, and Pacific held on for the 2-1 victory.
The men look to continue climbing the NCAA rankings tomorrow, when they battle the 4-2 Portland Pilots in Oregon.