Pacific men's soccer (9-4-2, 2-1-0 WCC) plays host to #11 Portland on Saturday night at Knoles Field in a must-win match for both teams to have a chance at the WCC title. The Tigers must win each of the season's two remaining games while relying on Saint Mary's to lose to keep themselves in the race for their first WCC title. Saturday is also senior night, Pacific will honor its five seniors in a ceremony during halftime of the match.
Portland at Pacific | Saturday, November 3 | 7:00 p.m. PST
Weather: High of 85, low of 51. Partly cloudy.
Last time out...
- The Tigers played two games last weekend winning one and dropping the second.
- On Friday night, the Tigers defeated Loyola Marymount, 1-0 thanks to a goal from Camden Riley and a shutout from Mateo Gomez and the Tiger defense.
- On Sunday, Pacific fell to San Diego 2-1 after an 86th-minute goal. Camden Riley also scored Pacific's only goal in the match.
- Riley has scored in four-straight matches and won the WCC's player of the Week for two-straight matches.
- The Tigers have two games left in the season, all of which come against WCC opponents.
- Still on the schedule is Portland, the No. 7 team in the nation. The Tigers see them at home next weekend.
- Pacific closes the season out on 11/10 at Gonzaga.
How can they win the WCC?
- For Pacific to take the WCC title outright, the Tigers need to win out and Saint Mary's cannot earn more than a point. Additionally, San Francisco needs to get four points or less for the rest of the season.
- For Pacific to share the title, Pacific has to win out and Saint Mary's has to tie both remaining games. However, due to Saint Mary's win over Pacific, they would earn the automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
- If Saint Mary's beats Portland in two weeks they win the WCC title outright regardless of what Portland, Pacific and San Francisco do.
(top-50 in NCAA)
- The Tigers are 35th in the nation in assists per game with 1.73 per and 46th in the nation in total assists with 26.
- Pacific is 48th in the nation in scoring offense at 1.67 goals per game and 44th in points per game at 5.07.
- Pacific's win-loss-tie percentage is the 37th highest in the nation at .667.
- Junior Jonathan Jimenez and Camden Riley are 45th in the NCAA in game-winning goals with 3.
- Mateo Gomez is 46th in the nation in shutouts with five.
Camden Riley has scored in four-straight matches and won back-to-back WCC Player of the Week honors. His stretch of games has helped push him into select company at Pacific.
- Riley is now Pacific's all-time leader in points with 44. He surpassed Tristan Blackmon, who was the MLS' third overall draft pick in 2018.
- Riley has now scored 18 goals, which passed Blackmon for the all-time lead at Pacific.
- He has eight career assists, good for third in the modern era, one behind Blackmon and four behind Andres Ochoa.
- Pacific has played in five overtimes this season.
- The Tigers are 3-0-2 in overtime matches with wins over Cal, who was #14 at the time, UAB and Santa Clara. Pacific tied Western Michigan and Sacramento State.
- The Tigers are 7-1-1 this year at home and rank 49th 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 in that stretch.
On September 20, the Tigers defeated the three-time defending National Champions Stanford in Palo Alto, 1-0.
- Pacific's first win over the Cardinal.
- Stanford's first loss in nearly a year (362 days).
- The end of Stanford's program-record 21-match win streak.
- Stanford's first loss at home in more than a year (376 days).
- 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 previous two seasons. Pacific reached the NCAA Tournament Second Round in both seasons.
- With the Tigers inclusion in week one's United Soccer Coaches Poll at No. 17, 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.