Pacific Breaks Seven-Game Losing Skid in 2-1 Win Over Willamette

FOREST GROVE - Matt McDonough's penalty kick goal in the 60th minute proved to be the game-winner Sunday, breaking Pacific's seven-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over Willamette in Northwest Conference men's soccer action at Tom Reynolds Field.

McDonough's goal capped a physical contest that saw four cards issued, three yellow and one red, and 21 fouls whistled against the Bearcats (3-8-0, 1-6-0 NWC).

The Boxers (2-9-0, 1-6-0 NWC) showed true offensive dominance in their first conference win of the season, out-shooting the Bearcats 19-6 and taking a 5-2 advantage on corner kicks. Pacific goalie Jory Shene needed to make only one save in the victory, while Willamette netminder Dane Meier made seven saves in the loss.

Todd Gienger opened scoring in the 38th minute, heading in a Williams pass from the left side of the net.

Donald Bressler tied it in the 42nd minute, using his head to just nudge a crossing pass from Thomas Cloutier sent in from the top of the box.

The Bearcats head east for matches at Whitman on Saturday and Whitworth Sunday.