Seasiders unable to overcome Sunbirds

Seasiders unable to overcome Sunbirds

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's soccer was unable to overcome an early deficit in a 2-0 loss to Fresno Pacific on Saturday at BYU-Hawaii Soccer Field.

The Seasiders (3-4, 1-2 PacWest) doubled the Sunbirds (6-1-2, 3-0-1 PacWest) 10-5 on shots, including three on frame, but they were unable to find the net.

Fresno Pacific got off to a fast start when Alvaro Nogales found Renato Bustamante on the left side of the box and Bustamante was able to chip the ball over the keeper and inside the back post for a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute. The Sunbirds never looked back holding the lead for the remainder of the game.

Kyle Jarvis had an early attempt at goal for the Seasiders in the first minute, but Andrew Luis was able to secure the ball for Fresno Pacific. Jake McRae broke loose on another run at goal in the 10th minute, but the last defender for the Sunbirds was able to poke the attempt away and start the counter.

Peter Puertas had an opportunity in the 25th minute from 15-yards out, but was blocked by the Fresno Pacific defense.  The Sunbirds added to their lead in the 41st minute when Joey Belzil flipped a first-touch shot over the keeper and into the center of the netting.

Pawel Dregan started the second half with a shot on goal in the 47th minute, but Luis was able to parry the shot wide of the post to preserve the two goal lead. In the 57th minute, Kyle Oertel had another opportunity to cut the lead in half, but Luis got the save once again.

The Seasiders had three shots in the final nine minutes of the game, but were unable to find the back of the net. Mason Reid took their last attempt with a shot above the box but was blocked by Fresno State's keeper.

BYU-Hawaii hits the road for a game against Cal State Dominguez Hills at 4:30 p.m. PDT on Tuesday. Live stats will be available online.

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