No. 16 Anteaters Stymie Tigers, 3-0
IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine matched up with Pacific for the first time since 1985 to the tune of a 3-0 victory Sunday night at Anteater Stadium.
The match started off slowly before UC Irvine (1-0-0) broke out on the attack in the 37th minute. Mats Bjurman led the charge feeding Cameron Iwasa through the midline who found Eduardo Calzada finishing on a 1v1 for the opening goal.
The 'Eaters took the 1-0 lead into the half along with a 9-1 shot advantage. Gor Kirakosyan's triumphant return to the lineup including a PK goal in the 55th minute following Lester Hayes III's drawn foul in the box.
Renato Torquato capped the night in the 77th minute. A scrum in the box was handled by Hayes III on the endline who shoveled the ball back into the box to Torquato before he redirected it home.
Pacific (0-2-0), playing its second match since returning from a 28-year hiatus, threatened late in the match with a pair of shots on target, but were denied any goals.
The 'Eaters finished with a 15-4 shot advantage. Michael Breslin recorded a pair of saves to go with a shutout. Josh Adachi of Pacific stopped five shots.
Calzada and Torquato registered their first career goals in the win. Calzada's goal was also his first game-winner. Kirakosyan's goal was his first since 2012, fifth overall.
Iwasa recorded his ninth career assist while leading the squad with four shots and two on target.
The win also marked the first in the Chris Volk era. In his 18th season with the program, he stands at 1-0-0 as a head coach.
The 'Eaters are back home on Fri. Sept. 5 for a 5:00 p.m. match against Denver.
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