Notes and Links: Pacific at San Jose State

Notes and Links: Pacific at San Jose State

Pacific men's soccer (3-2-1) hits the road on Sunday to take on San Jose State (2-3-1) for what is just the Tigers second road match of the season and the first since Aug. 27. A win would give Pacific its first over San Jose State since the program returned and its first road win on the season.

Matchday info

Pacific at San Jose State | Sunday, September 16 | 6:30 p.m. PST

Weather: high of 73, low of 54. Partly cloudy. 

Venue: Spartan Soccer Complex

Links: Live Video | Live Stats

Last time out...

On Tuesday, Pacific played Sacramento State to a 0-0 draw at Knoles Field. Pacific outshot the Hornets 17-6 and junior Mateo Gomez earned his first shutout of the season.

Nationally ranked...

(top-50 in NCAA)

Pacific is 33rd in the nation when it comes to fewest fouls per game. The Tigers have committed 10.67 fouls per game this season.

The Tigers are 40th in the nation in corner kicks per game a 6.17 per.

On their debut...

Two Tigers have scored on their season or collegiate debuts this year.

In the season opener, freshman Mamoru Kamisasanuki scored the game-winner in the 98th minute. 

Against Cal, senior Alfredo Alcala scored in his first match back after missing the opening two through injury.

Senior leader...

Senior Camden Riley has stood out for the Tigers early this season, he leads the team in goals and has scored a game-winner and a game-tying goal so far.

Against UAB, Riley scored off of a penalty kick with less than 30 seconds to play to send the game to overtime.

Riley is shooting at a percentage of .273 this year, the best of any Tiger that has played in each game this year.

Riley has scored in each of the Tiger's wins this season

Free soccer...

Of Pacific's six matches this season, half of them have gone to overtime, the Tigers are 2-0-1 in those matches.

Rising program...

Men's soccer at Pacific was brought back in 2014 after a 29-year-hiatus.

After going just 4-30-1 in the first two seasons, the Tigers have climbed to national prominence by going 26-8-4 in the last two seasons. Pacific reached the NCAA Tournament Second Round in both seasons.

Knoles Fortress...

The Tigers are 2-1 this year at home and rank 29th in the nation in total attendance.

Pacific has had no shortage of success on their home pitch in the last two seasons. The Tigers went 7-0 at home in 2017 and 6-2-1 in 2016. 

In 2014, during Pacific's first season, the Tigers finished the year in the top-45 in attendance in the NCAA.

Pacific's home winning percentage of .812 from 2016 to 2017 is the best in the WCC.

Preseason Accolades...

As a team, the Tigers were picked to finish first in the WCC and received votes in the opening poll of the 2018 season.

Senior Wouter Verstraaten was selected to the Preseason Best XI First Team.

Three players, Tariq Branche, Wouter Verstraaten and Camden Riley were selected to the All-WCC Preseason Team.

Top-25 program...

With the Tigers inclusion in week one's United Soccer Coaches Poll, this makes it two-straight seasons that the Tigers have earned a national ranking.

In 2017, the Tigers climbed as high as 14th in the nation.

Returning firepower...

Pacific's top-five goal scorers and point earners return from 2017.

Anthony Orendain was tied for the team lead in goals with six and had two assists.

Tariq Branche also had six goals despite only appearing in 17 of the team's 19 games.

Camden Riley recorded five goals and two assists in 2017. 

Alfredo Alcala scored two goals and had five assists in 2017.

Scouting San Jose State (2-3-1)...

The Spartans and Tigers have played one like opponent this year in Sacramento State. SJSU won 2-1 in their match with the Hornets, Pacific and Sac. St. played to a 0-0 draw.

The Spartans are being outscored 9-11 this season.

Two players, Omar Lemus and Willy Miranda, are tied for the team lead in goals with two. Lemus also is tied for the team lead in assists with two.