The Pacific men's soccer team opens the 2018 season on Saturday with its first on-field action of the 2018 season when the team takes on Westmont at 7:30.
The Tigers are coming off of a second-straight season in which the team ran to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament after the team put together a 13-4-2 season in 2018. Pacific, which is receiving votes in the first poll of 2018, returns 15 players including Tariq Branche, Anthony Orendain and Camden Riley, the top-three goal scorers and point earners from 2017.
Saturday's match against Westmont is the first of two exhibitions that the Tigers will play in and offers a chance for head coach Ryan Jorden and the rest of his staff to get a evaluate their team in a game situation.
"This is an opportunity to take a look at a new group of players and see how we start to blend our returners and the experience they have with a talented group of new players and evaluate where we are in developmental progression. That will give us a good indication of the topics and teaching that will happen over the course of the next week."
The team's opponent for the friendly affair is Westmont College, an NAIA side that went 10-5-3 in 2017 and appeared in the NAIA Tournament. The Tigers played Westmont in the season's first scrimmage of 2017, taking the game 2-1.
Pacific squares off with Westmont on Saturday at 7:30 at Knoles Field. Admission is free to all men's and women's soccer games for all in attendance. For more information regarding this match and any other updates, please follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @PacificMSoccer.