STOCKTON, Calif. - The No. 14 Pacific men's team hits the road for a quick contest against UC Santa Barbara (0-4-2) this Friday at 7:30 PM before returning home to host San Jose State (2-2-0) on Sunday at 7 PM. Both contests will be live streamed free of charge.
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 of the season while accumulating seven saves and just one goal against in the pair of victories.
Earlier this week the 6-0 Tigers earned a program-best No. 14 ranking by the United Soccer Coaches (formally the NSCAA). Pacific is the highest-ranked West Coast Conference institution, with Portland also receiving votes, as they sit atop the non-conference WCC standings.
Offensively the Tigers are climbing the national ranks as they sit T-8th in the country in scoring offense with 2.50 goals per game. Pacific's 15 goals this season put them T-4th in the NCAA while their 12 assists ranks them T-15th.
Friday's showdown with the Gauchos will be the first meeting between these two teams since the program was reinstated. The Tigers look to avenge last year's 3-2 loss at the hands of the Spartans in San Jose. Since that setback Pacific has gone 18-2-2 in the regular season, including a 10-0-1 mark on the road.
Following Sunday's match the Orange and Black will hit the road for over a month as they take on Oregon State, West Virginia, Portland, San Francisco and Santa Clara. Pacific returns home on Oct. 17 to host San Diego at 7 PM.