Two goals by Kimball lead Boxers past Saints, 2-1
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Sophomore Matt Kimballdeposited a goal early in each half to help lift the Pacific men's soccer team past Saint Martin's 2-1 on Saturday night under the lights at Hanson Stadium.
The non-conference win evened Pacific's record at 2-2 on the season. The NCAA Division II Saints (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) are now 1-2-1.
"The guys did a fantastic job executing the game plan that we had," said a happy head coach Eric Mildafterwards. "Their spirit and effort was what I was hoping we would get in playing a quality Division II opponent like Saint Martin's."
Kimball, who was a second team All-Northwest Conference selection in 2014 as a freshman, scored just six minutes into the match and then again just a couple of moments after the halftime break. The Southridge High School alum put the hosts on the board first when he intercepted a pass from the St. Martin's keeper, dribbled past him and flicked the ball into an open net.
He would score what turned out to be the winning score in the 47th minute when his shot from the top of the 18 found the inside right post, after collecting a pass from Elan Yogi atop the penalty area.
The Saints would draw to within one point on Kyle Witzel's score at 74:24, and they would finish with a flurry of shots--20 in the second half (27 total), but only three were on goal.
"Kimball was outstanding today," Mild lauded. "His second goal was as outstanding as any goal he has made at Pacific. I thought Kellan McNamara had his best game in my two years here."
The Boxers have one more non-conference match before jumping into NWC play, hosting UC Santa Cruz on Tuesday at 1 pm.
"Our guys really rose to the occasion today," Mild added. "My hope is that this result will help us develop more confidence as we begin conference play."
Pacific's first Northwest Conference match will be next Saturday (Sept.19) at Puget Sound.