|High School:||North Torrance|
Played in 15 games and started in 11 for the Tigers. Tied for fourth on the team in goals scored with two. Also recorded an assist for a total of five points on the season, which was good for a tie for fifth on the team. Recorded his first career assist on Oct. 28 at San Diego. Had his best game of the year in a 4-2 win over UC Irvine in which he scored two goals on five shots; both were season highs. Started in the first 11 games of the season then appeared in the next four as a substitute. Did not play in the last four games of the year.
All-WCC Honorable Mention
WCC Player of the Week (1x)
Appeared in 17 games and played in 15. Tied for second on the team in points with 12 thanks to six goals. Took 25 shots on the season, 13 of which were on goal for a shot on goal percentage of .520, the sixth-best on the team. Did not play in the first four games of the season, but started in each game after. Scored two goals in two games, first against West Virginia on October 1 and again against Santa Clara on October 18. Scored the game-winner against West Virginia and Gonzaga. Scored in three-straight games from October 1 to October 18 (West Virginia, Portland and Santa Clara.)
Saw action in 12 games in his first season donning the Orange and Black, logging eight shots on the year. The Gardena, Calif. native picked a perfect time to net his first collegiate goal as he propelled the Tigers to the next round of the NCAA Tournament after scoring in the 77th minute against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 17).
Tariq Branche is a 5-10 forward from Gardena, Calif. He was the leading scorer for North Torrance High School under coach Robert Rivas. A four-year varsity letter winner and three-year captain for the Saxons, he was the team’s MVP his senior year, and an All-Pioneer League First Team selection. He earned All-Area Second Team honors, the Sammy Saxon Athlete of the Year award, as well as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for 2016. He was a Faculty Honor Roll honoree with a GPA over 3.5 for seven semesters.
Branche also ran track, competing in 100, 200, 400 meters individually and on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. As a freshman, he helped set a school record in the 4x100.
Branche is the son of Mark and Diane Branche.
|Oct 26||at Loyola Marymount||W, 1-0|
|Oct 28||at San Diego||L, 2-1|
|Nov 3||#11 Portland||W, 3-2|
|Nov 10||at Gonzaga||W, 1-0|
|Nov 15||vs. UC Riverside||W, 1-0|
|Nov 18||at Duke||L, 1-0|
|Aug 11||Westmont||W, 4-0||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Aug 24||UAB||W, 2-1||1||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Aug 27||at CSU Bakersfield||L, 3-0||1||0||0||0||4||.000||0-0||0|
|Aug 31||#14 California||W, 2-1||1||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 3||Marist||L, 1-0||1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 6||UC Riverside||W, 3-1||1||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 11||Sacramento State||T, 0-0||1||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 16||at San Jose State||W, 3-0||1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Sep 20||at Stanford||W, 1-0||1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Sep 23||UC Irvine||W, 4-2||1||2||0||4||5||.400||0-0||0|
|Sep 30||at Western Mich.||T, 1-1||1||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 7||#9 Saint Mary's||L, 4-0||1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Oct 13||Santa Clara||W, 3-2||-||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 19||San Francisco||W, 4-0||-||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 26||at Loyola Marymount||W, 1-0||-||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Oct 28||at San Diego||L, 2-1||-||0||1||1||0||-||0-0||0|
|Nov 3||#11 Portland||W, 3-2||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Nov 10||at Gonzaga||W, 1-0||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Nov 15||vs. UC Riverside||W, 1-0||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Nov 18||at Duke||L, 1-0||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|