No. 23 Tigers Notch Sixth-Straight Win in Comeback Victory

Alfredo Alcala. Photo by Hannah Baber
Alfredo Alcala. Photo by Hannah Baber

STOCKTON, Calif. - A pair of second half goals helped the No. 23 Pacific men's soccer team defeat Grand Canyon 2-1 on Sunday night in comeback fashion. Tyson Fox and Alfredo Alcala both scored their second goals of the year and goalie Curtis Goldsmith made four saves in the victory.

The win lifts the Tigers to 6-0 overall this year while the loss drops the Lopes to 1-4. 

The Lopes took an early 1-0 lead in the 25th minute as Niki Jackson took a shot that was saved by Curtis Goldsmith but pulled him out of position for Damian German's next shot which found the back of the net for the score. The Tigers had four corners in the first half of action as they looked to knot the score up and the back line continued to hold the Lopes out of the net to hold the game within reach. 

Following the break, Pacific quickly got the equalizer off the foot of Tyson Fox, who tapped it in past the goalie in the 56th minute on a nice crossing assist by Tristan Blackmon. The Orange and Black took the lead shortly after in the 62nd as Johnatan Rico-Contreres dished to Alfredo Alcala on the right side, who then brought it towards the middle and sent a bullet past the diving Lopes 'keeper for his second score of the year. 

The defense did the rest as Pacific thwarted shot after shot from Grand Canyon to log the victory. Goldsmith made four saves as he registered his 19th career victory between the posts. The Tigers took 15 shots in the contest, with Rico-Contreres leading with three and Bob Groenendijk, Andres Ochoa and Colin Bettencourt each adding a pair. 

 

A quick road match sends Pacific to UC Santa Barbara this Friday for a 7:30 PM kickoff before the Tigers return home to host San Jose State on Sept. 17 at 7 PM.