Pacific watches a 10-point lead vanish in a 21-17 NWC loss to the Bearcats

After seeing a number of critical first-half opportunities go unrealized, Pacific watched Willamette mount a fourth-quarter comeback on Saturday, erasing a 10-point deficit for a 21-17 victory over the Boxers in Northwest Conference football action.

The score was tied at 7-7 before the Boxers scored a touchdown and a 45-yard Moses Villareal-Gomez field goal to take a 17-7 lead going into the fourth quarter. Willamette quarterback Josh Dean led the comeback, finding Beau Smith for a 58-yard scoring pass with 9:58 to play, then connecting with Taylor Wyman for the winning score on a 20-yard pass with 5:58 remaining.

Pacific, which ranked 25th in last week’s AFCA Division III Coaches Poll, dropped to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in NWC play. Willamette snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 6-2 (3-2 NWC).

The Bearcats limited Pacific to just 266 yards of total offense, the Boxers’ lowest total of the season.

Quarterback P.J. Minaya led the passing game, completing 12-of-17 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Blake Anthony caught three passes for 45 yards, including a 32-yard scoring pass early in the third quarter that gave Pacific a 14-7 lead. Deven McKinney carried nine times for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Pacific was unable to cash in on a number of scoring opportunities in the first half, which negated some excellent play by the defense.

The Boxers forced Willamette to go three-and-out on its first three possessions. After being stopped short of the red zone on their first drive, the Boxers watched Villareal-Gomez miss a 43-yarder wide left with 1:45 to go in the first quarter.

Special teams set Pacific up well on its next possession as Brandon Harms returned a punt 49 yards to the Willamette 12-yard line. The Boxers failed to advance the ball and came up empty as Villareal-Gomez missed again, this time a 31-yarder that also went wide left.

Pacific finally broke the scoreless deadlock with 5:39 to go in the first half, with McKinney finding a big hole to run 33 yards for the touchdown. Willamette struck back four minutes later, with Wyman rushing 4 yards into the end zone to cap a short four-play, 35-yard drive and send the teams into halftime tied at 7-7.

Pacific will wrap up its 2013 season at home on Saturday, celebrating the 38 seniors who rebuilt the Boxer football program with a 1 p.m. kickoff against third-ranked Linfield (8-0, 5-0 NWC) at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Boxers wrap up soccer season with 3-1 win over George Fox

After going four games without scoring a goal, the Pacific men’s soccer team scored three in the first half to end its season on a high note with a 3-1 triumph over George Fox on Saturday.

Quintin Love sparked the Boxers’ offense in the 17th minute when he scored off a corner kick from Nick Pinto. The goal was Love’s second of the season. Four minutes later, Pinto was on the other side of the offense as Steen Shober crossed into the box. Pinto collected himself and shot to the back of the net, past Bruin keeper Ricardo Sotelo.

In the 43rd minute, Nick Kaminsky crossed from the right side to Nick Rudella, who finished to the left corner of the goal for his fourth score of the season.

“The team played well today and scored some great goals,” Pacific head coach Jim Brazeau said. “I am very happy for the seniors who were able to finish their careers with a positive result.”

The Boxers finished the season 7-12-1 overall and seventh in the Northwest Conference with a 2-11-1 record.

Clark wins six times to earn NWC Student-Athlete honors

After recording victories in all six of her individual swimming events over the weekend, Pacific junior Amanda Clark was selected as the Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week.

The highlight of Clark’s impressive performance over the weekend was breaking a Pacific school record that she previously owned.

In Friday’s 112-93 win over Puget Sound, Clark swam a time of 10 minutes, 46.53 seconds in the 1,000-yard freestyle, just eclipsing her previous record of 10:47.22. Clark also finished first in her two other events of the meet — the 100 freestyle (55.47) and the 500 freestyle (5:20.29).

Despite Pacific’s 120-85 loss to Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, Clark had another victorious day, winning all three of her individual events. She finished the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:58.21. She also swam 1:58.99 in the 200 freestyle and 5:21.27 in the 500 free.

“Amanda is swimming and training as well as we have seen,” Pacific coach Alec Webster said. “We are all excited to see what she can do this year.”

This weekend, the Boxers will head to eastern Washington to face off against Whitworth on Friday and Whitman on Saturday.

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