Tyler Shipleys sophomore cross-country season could not have started better Saturday as he proved an easy winner in the Puget Sound Invitational, held at Fort Steilacoom Park in Washington.
Shipley cruised to a 17-second victory, covering the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26 minutes, 17 seconds. His performance, combined with a well-grouped showing from the rest of the team, led the Pacific men to a second-place finish out of four teams with 56 points.
On the womens side, Sidney Davis turned in a strong performance to finish fifth, covering the 6,000-meter course in 25:01. The Boxers placed their top four runners in the top 13 overall and finished third in the team race with 57 points.
Shipleys win paced a number of strong performances for the young Pacific men. Gary Fanelli opened his Boxer career by placing 12th in a time of 29:15. Rudy Sanchez started his final season by placing 14th in a time of 29:18.
Kaleb Bass finished in 20th in his first Pacific meet in a time of 30:14 while Benjamin Thomas rounded out the scoring five in 25th place in a time of 30:28.
Elaina Gillespie led the Pacific chase pack behind Davis in her first collegiate meet, placing 10th in a time of 26:01. Olivia Masek-McIntosh, another Forest Grove graduate, was one spot behind in 11th in 26:06. Lisa Martin placed 13th in 26:10 while Mallory Hiefield rounded out the scoring five, placing 19th in a time of 26:45.
Mens soccer team wins twice
Lucas Sconyers scored the game-winning goal for the Pacific mens soccer team to beat Warner Pacific 3-2 in nonconference action on Friday night at Lincoln Park Stadium.
With five minutes left to play in the first overtime period, Sconyers received the ball from a corner kick inside a crowded box and punched home a shot to win the game. The goal was Sconyers first of the season and just his second career goal as a Boxer.
Trailing 1-0, the Boxers tied the game at the 75-minute mark when Nick Pinto crossed to Ian Farley, who shot uncontested from 10 yards past goalkeeper Dorian Lair. Less than four minutes later, Farley again received the ball in the box from Nick Calkins to score the go-ahead-goal.
The Knights brought themselves back into the game with less than 10 minutes to go. Daniel Ervin worked his way inside the box and headed the ball past Boxer goalkeeper Michael Summers, but Sconyers saved the day with his golden goal in overtime.
On Monday, Pacific scored two quick goals in the first 10 minutes of the first period to help claim a 3-2 victory over the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets in another nonconference home game.
Three minutes into the match, Pinto put a ball across the face of the goal to Nick Kaminsky, who finished to the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Just eight minutes later, Farley tricked the Howard Payne defense with a no-look, backheel pass to Jorge Mandujano a Forest Grove graduate who finished to put the Boxers on top 2-0.
The Yellow Jackets pulled within 2-1 at halftime, but Farley scored his third goal of the season at the 68-minute mark to make it 3-1. Pacific earned a free kick and the ball bounced off the defense onto the foot of Farley, who finished to the back of the net.
Howard Payne scored one more goal, but was not enough to outlast the Boxers, who will take their 2-0-0 record on the road this weekend to face Walla Walla and Oregon Tech.
Boxers ready for long trip
The Pacific football team will undertake the longest road trip in program history this weekend as the Boxers kick off the 2013 season on the road against Adrian College.
Pacific will travel about 2,000 miles to Adrian, Mich., for the teams season opener, which will kick off Friday at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on the Boxers web site at www.goboxers.com.