STOCKTON, Calif. - A week after the Tigers broke into the Top 25, the Pacific men's soccer team has moved up to No. 14 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, the organization announced this morning. It is the highest Coaches Poll ranking in program history.
Last weekend the Orange and Black went a perfect 2-0 to improve to 6-0 overall this season. The Tigers defeated UNLV 3-0 behind a trio of first half goals by Anthony Orendain, Camden Riley and Alfredo Alcala. Pacific then returned home to edge Grand Canyon 2-1 in comeback fashion. Tyson Fox scored in the 56th minute and Alcala netted the game-winner in the 62nd for his second goal in just as many games. Curtis Goldsmith notched his third shutout win while accumulating seven saves and just one goal against in the pair of victories.
The Tigers are the highest-ranked West Coast Conference institution, with Portland receiving votes in the poll. At the end of last season, Pacific was ranked #27 by the coaches association after reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Pacific is also climbing up the rankings in other polls, including No. 21 in Top Drawer, No. 15 in College Soccer News and No. 9 in Soccer America, which are all program highs.
The Tigers will take on UC Santa Barbara this Friday at 7:30 PM before returning home once again against San Jose State on Sunday at 7 PM.
Be sure to follow the Pacific men's soccer team on Twitter and Instagram with the username @PacificMSoccer.