No. 17 Pacific men's soccer (2-2-0) fell to Marist (1-2-0) at home on Monday night, 1-0.
Marist scored the contest's only goal in the 36th minute. Pacific nearly equalized in the final minutes when the Tigers took a free kick from just outside the left side of the penalty area; a Tiger got on the end of the pass and headed it in, but the goal was whistled offside.
"Obviously, we're disappointed with the result. Marist was very well coached and organized tonight and did a very good job making it challenging for us from an attacking standpoint," head coach Ryan Jorden said. "Certainly, we put ourselves in positions to score goals, but we just didn't take them and that's what disappointing. We could've played from in front instead of chasing the game. For spells we were very good, but just not clinical enough in the final piece to score goals against an organized team."
Pacific outshot Marist in the opening 45 minutes 6-4, but the Red Foxes controlled the second half tallying six shots to Pacific's two. Pacific put the ball into attacking areas but failed to capitalize. Marist conceded seven corners to Pacific throughout the match.
The Tigers will have to regroup quickly following the loss, Pacific hosts UC Riverside on Thursday at Knoles Field.
"We've got to go back to the video and continue to look at areas where we weren't sharp enough to continue to develop attacks that ended prematurely," Jorden said. "That's the educational part and that's the work that I have to do between now and Thursday to get our guys one step further down the road. In general, we did good things tonight, we just couldn't break through."
In case you missed it:
- In the 13th minute, Marist's Michael Lorello picked up a yellow card.
- In the 36th minute, Marist scored the game's only goal when Marcus Ginman scored on a goal assisted by Allen Gavilanes.
- The Tigers outshot Marist 6-4 in the opening 45 minutes and earned four corner kicks to Marist's one.
- The Tigers deviated from their starting lineup slightly in the second half, bringing on freshmen Ryan Her and Mamoru Kamisasanuki in place of seniors Alfredo Alcala and Wouter Verstraaten.
- In the 53rd minute, Pacific's junior forward Jonathan Jimenez nearly scored after a foul on a Pacific player in an attacking area. Jimenez got his head on the free kick, but it was deflected behind the goal by a Marist player for a corner kick.
- In the 74th minute, Marist's Beau Hornberger picked up a yellow card.
- In the 83rd minute, Pacific's senior Camden Riley picked up a yellow card. It was his second of the season.
- In the 89th minute, the Tigers nearly scored an equalizer when freshman Ryan Her took a free kick from an attacking area, a Pacific player got his head on the ball and put it past Marist's goalkeeper, but the goal was called offside by the referee.
- In the 89th minute, Jimenez picked up Pacific's second yellow card in the match. It was his second yellow card of the season.
- Jimenez led the Tigers in shots with two and was tied for the team lead in shots on goal with one. Junior Tariq Branche and Kamisasanuki both also had a shot on goal.
- Pacific goalkeeper, sophomore Ethan Bandre, allowed one goal on five shots on target. Bandre has allowed one goal or fewer in three of his four starts this season.
More from coach Jorden:
You had an emotional win against Cal on Friday. How much of that carried over into this game?
"I think anytime that you play in front of a really big crowd on a night where you have an emotional win, there's the chance of a bit of a letdown. I think we saw that tonight. I think we've got to do a better job as a team to have everyone engaged to a degree that we need to play at a top level. I don't know if we got that tonight."
Was Marist a different sort of team than what Pacific has seen so far?
"No, I don't think so. I think that they did a good job and we're well organized. I think that we've seen teams like them from the exhibition season to the regular season thus far. We just weren't clinical enough to break it down and we have to continue to grow in that way."
There weren't a lot of shots in the second half. What was Marist doing and what was Pacific doing to get chances?
"We missed a few experienced players that can help pick the lock a little bit and get us to places where we can create more chances. Tonight, we didn't execute in a way that we need to break down a team that's pretty organized."
Next up: The Tigers host UC Riverside on Thursday at 7:30 at Knoles Field. Admission is free to all home men's and women's soccer matches at Pacific.