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McDonoughs heroics lift Pacific to victory

by: Tommy Whitcomb, Pacific’s Matt McDonough gets held up by Diego De Alba of Cal State Easy Bay during last Wednesday’s soccer game at Tom Reynolds Field.

Matt McDonough, Pacific's even-keeled senior striker, boosted the Boxers to an impressive 1-0 non-conference victory over Cal State East Bay last Wednesday with a goal in the 90th minute.

McDonough stripped an East Bay defender and beat keeper Sergio Valle to the left post with just 34 seconds left on the clock, lifting Pacific (3-0-0) to its third straight victory to open the season - remarkable considering the Boxers won just two games last year.

Pacific battled East Bay (0-4-0) tooth and nail for two halves on Wednesday before finally getting the game-winner at the last possible moment.

The teams were whistled for 39 fouls in an extremely physical affair, and Pacific played the final 53 minutes with a man advantage after East Bay's Jordan Farrell was sent off in the 37th minute with a red card.

Pacific keeper Jory Shene made five saves as East Bay outshot the Boxers 12-10 on the afternoon. It was Shene's second shutout of the season.

Valle also made five saves in the game, but it was McDonough's blast from the left side of the pitch that was the difference in the match.

Unfortunately, Pacific's undefeated record did not hold up in the Boxers' first Northwest Conference game of the season, as Pacific Lutheran snapped the three-game win streak with a 3-0 victory in Tacoma on Saturday.

Baard Asker scored two goals for Lutheran, the first coming on an assist from Derek Karamatic in the 30th minute and the second on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute.

Mike Ferguson got the Lutes on the board in the 29th minute, rocketing a shot past Shene for a 1-0 lead.

The Boxers host Whitman and Whitworth this weekend.