UC Irvine Defeats Grand Canyon in Penalty Kicks
UC Irvine moved on in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship after edging Grand Canyon in penalty kicks, while UC Riverside fell to Pacific in the program's inaugural postseason appearance.
UC Irvine Advances Past Grand Canyon on Penalty Kicks
Courtesy of UC Irvine Athletics Media Relations
UC Irvine and Grand Canyon battled through the NCAA First Round matchup Thursday night in Anteater Stadium settling for a 1-1 draw, and in the penalty shootout, the 'Eaters came out on top, 6-5, to move on to the Second Round.
UCI (11-5-4, 5-1-1) started the shootout roughly as its captain, Daniel Crisostomo, was stopped on his shot by Grand Canyon keeper, George Tasouris. 'Eater keeper Greg Patenaudewould bring the sides back level stopping Marco Afonso's shot in the second round.
The sides traded makes for the next four rounds as attempt after attempt hit the back of the net despite admirable save attempts from either keeper, Jalani Ambrose stepped up and buried his attempt catching Tasouris off guard. Patenaude would answer the call making the winning save in the seventh round denying GCU's (12-8-1, 6-4-0) Malik Smith to win the shootout.
UC Riverside Edged Out by Pacific In Hard Fought Match
Courtesy of UC Riverside Athletics Media Relations
The UC Riverside Men's Soccer Team saw its magical and electrifying post-season run come to an end on Thursday, November 14, following an intense 90 minute heavyweight bout with the University of the Pacific. The Highlanders fought hard, but eventually fell to the Tigers 1-0.
The day began in Stockton on the campus of the University of the Pacific with questions looming throughout the morning as to where this first round NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament match would be played. Earlier in the day, Pacific announced a full campus closure for rest of the week due to the poor air quality from the fires in Northern California. Shortly afterward, it was determined that the match would be held two hours away in Fresno, resulting in both teams needing to pack up and head south to Fresno Pacific University.
The first half saw a determined and spirited Highlanders squad pitted against an aggressive Tigers unit and minus a goal scored in the 22nd minute by forward Anthony Orendain the fierce battle taking place between the lines was evenly matched.