October 20, 2011
Tigers Open Final Home Weekend With UCSB Friday (7 pm)
Stockton, Calif. – The final regular season home weekend awaits the Pacific women's soccer team as the Tigers wrap their home slate against UC Santa Barbara (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Cal Poly (Sunday, Noon) at Stagg Memorial Stadium.
"It's a big weekend, it's senior weekend, so we're hoping to get a big crowd," head coach Keith Coleman said. "We have five seniors who've been huge parts of our program for the last four years. We're excited for them."
Pacific will hold senior day on Sunday, honoring midfielder Angelica Figueroa, forward/defender Laura Hogan, midfielder Nydia Ramos, midfielder Alex Topp and forward Kristina Wavomba.
The quintet has guided the Tigers to 35 wins in the last three-plus seasons, including two appearances in the Big West tournament. But the Tigers have their work cut out for them to make the Big West tournament field this season.
After a 3-2 overtime loss on the road, Pacific finds themselves 1-2-1 in conference play.
"For us, the playoffs have started," Coleman said. "We're in a mode where we are under the impression that all these games are must-win. We're excited about the games, we're happy to be home. Playing at home has been good to us and we hope it continues to be this way. We've got two very tough opponents coming in, but we're excited to see what we can earn."
The Tigers (7-6-1 overall) are five points back of fourth-place for the final Big West tournament spot, but hold a game in hand, and still face the fourth-place squad in Long Beach State.
Pacific opens the weekend with UC Santa Barbara (6-9-2, 1-4-0 Big West) on Friday, at 7 p.m.. The Gauchos earned their first BWC victory this season Sunday with a 2-0 win over UC Riverside.
On Sunday, Pacific plays Cal Poly (8-8-1, 2-4-0 BWC) at noon. The Mustangs sit ahead of the Tigers with six points entering the weekend, but with six of eight Big West matches already in the books.
Senior Day ceremonies will take place prior to the noon kickoff.