Boxers rally for stunning victory
It was sort of like déjà vu all over again. But different.
The Pacific football team scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and then watched a potential game-winning field goal sail wide right to hang on for a wild 32-31 nonconference victory over College of Idaho on Saturday in front of 4,234 stunned fans at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell, Idaho.
Last year, College of Idaho blocked a Pacific field goal with less than a minute to play in Forest Grove to hold on for a 35-34 win.
The Coyotes, who opened the 2015 season last weekend with an upset win over No. 13 Eastern Oregon, had a chance to win Saturdays game with a 40-yard field goal attempt with 37 seconds left, but the kick missed to the right and the Boxers went into victory formation.
That was as calm a comeback as I have ever been a part of, said Pacific coach Keith Buckley. We didnt get too high nor too low throughout the game. When we got behind, no one flinched. There was no panic from coaches or players. I think that is a sign of maturity.
Pacific trailed 31-12 going into the fourth quarter but quickly began to chip away at that deficit. Quarterback Warner Shaw tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jason Smith early in the fourth, and Bronson Barretto added an 8-yard TD run following a College of Idaho turnover.
That score pulled the Boxers within 31-26, and they completed the comeback with a methodical seven-play, 94-yard drive that included three long completions from Shaw to Nathan Suyematsu. The drive culminated with a 19-yard TD pass from Shaw to James Berry that put Pacific ahead for good.
Shaw completed 17-of-23 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Suyematsu caught seven passes for 134 yards and a TD, while Barretto and Kamana Pimental combined for 133 rushing yards and two scores.
The Boxers have a bye this weekend and then their first home game on Saturday, Sept. 19, against Dubuque (Iowa).
Pacific soccer splits two games
The Pacific mens soccer team split two games at the Puma Whitworth Classic last Friday and Saturday.
The Boxers scored a 1-0 victory over Minnesota-Morris on Friday, then gave up two early goals in a 3-1 loss against Northwest (Wash.) on Saturday.
Northwest is a good club, and we didnt help ourselves falling behind like that so early, Pacific head coach Eric Mild said. We will head back home, work on some things and get ready for our next opportunity.
Northwests Kyle Zimmerman scored twice in the first 18 minutes of Saturdays match and that proved to be the difference.
Pacific got on the board a little more than five minutes into the second half when Elan Yogi assisted a Kellan McNamara goal, but the Eagles answered with an insurance goal in the 61st minute via Chris Iacolucci.
One day earlier, Pacific freshman Peter Vizzoni scored the only goal of the game in the Boxers victory over Minnesota-Morris.
Vizzoni took a low cross in crowded quarters from Matt Kimball and converted from eight yards out in the 41st minute in what would turn out to be the only tally of the match.
Meanwhile, the Boxer defense did its part in a tight contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Leyton Thommasen had two saves.
This is a good win for us against a solid squad, Mild said. Our defense needs to lead the way for us to be successful and that was the recipe today.