Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's soccer team opens its 2011 campaign on Friday at 7 p.m. against the Nevada Wolfpack at Stagg Memorial Stadium on Community Night. The Tigers will offer free admission for their season opener.
"It's our opener, so we're excited for it. We had the scrimmage against the Storm, and I felt that was a good step in the right direction," head coach Keith Coleman said. "We're looking forward to getting our first home game under our belts."
Pacific is coming off a 2-1 exhibition win over the WPSL California Storm last Saturday. The Tigers received goals from senior MF Angelica Figueroa and freshman F Megan Mata. Sophomore GK Tashia Long made three saves in goal for Pacific.
"We spent a lot of time this week working on finishing, moving the ball more quickly. We have nine new players, so we worked on trying to incorporate them more. I feel like we have a really good group, a strong group."
Coleman expects the atmosphere at Stagg Memorial Stadium to be lively, as the NCAA rule changes for this season allow artificial noisemakers for the first time (aside from air horns and whistles, which remain prohibited).
"Friday's game is our community night, so we're expecting to have a good crowd. It's a free game for everyone, so come one come all. We're now allowed to have noisemakers. We'll have some giveaways with vuvuzelas, so we should have a nice raucus crowd. Bring your drums and be ready to get loud."
Following the contest the Tigers will visit No. 2 Stanford on Sunday in Palo Alto for the first of four straight road matches before returning home on Sept. 9 against UNLV.