Oxy Routs Pacific (Ore.) in Debut

Oxy Routs Pacific (Ore.) in Debut

LOS ANGELES — There was plenty of offense to go around in the Occidental men's soccer team's season opener on Friday night.

Jasper Brannon, Riley McCabe, David Paine, Logan MyersRyan Wilson and Nicolas Eble all scored, as the Tigers beat Pacific (Ore.) 6-1 in comfortable and dominating fashion.

It's Oxy's first official win of the season after an impressive 2-0 exhibition victory over NCAA Division II Biola last weekend. 

The Tigers looked in control the entire game, possessing the ball, creating lots of threatening chances and rarely having to deal with the Boxers on their side of the field. 

Oxy got its first goal in the 4th minute. Eble made a push up the left side and played a rolling ball to the back post where Brannon knocked it in from close-range.

Brannon and Eble each had big games with the goal and a pair of assists. 

The Tigers second goal came just moments later in the 6th minute on a corner kick. Matthew Teplitz found the head of McCabe at the back post for an impressive goal.

Oxy's third goal also came on a nice header, this time in the 24th minute. Brannon crossed the ball to Paine, who headed it in off one hop to put Oxy up 3-0.

Woody Greer scored Pacific's goal just before halftime in the 40th minute.

Myers scored Oxy's fourth goal off a through ball from Joey Schwartz in the 42nd minute.

Wilson had Oxy's prettiest goal of the game, knocking a shot from five yards outside the penalty box in the top-left corner. 

Oxy got a big turnout with 515 fans in attendance for the first home athletic contest of the year. 

Oxy scored its sixth goal on a header Eble in the 57th minute. Adrian Paredes played a beautiful ball forward and then Spencer Shearer one-time it into the box where Eble finished it off.

Preseason Coaches Poll: The Tigers were picked to finish fourth in the SCIAC this year by the conference coaches.

Next Game: The Tigers are back in action with their first road game of the season at Soka University on Sunday.